Shockwaves from police shooting of Black man rattles across US

2020-08-27 17:28:13
Shockwaves from police shooting of Black man rattles across US

The shockwaves from the police shooting that paralyzed a Black man in the state of Wisconsin has reverberated across the United States, further polarizing the US presidential election campaign and bringing major sports to a halt.

In the police shooting that sparked the latest wave of outrage, Rusten Sheskey, a white officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, fired seven times at the back of 29-year-old Jacob Blake on Sunday, striking him four times, as he walked away from them and entered his car.

Blake survived despite injuries to his spine and multiple organs, and he may be permanently paralyzed, his family lawyers said.

The family’s attorney, Ben Crump, also called for the officer who shot Jacob Blake, 29, to be arrested and others involved to lose their jobs.

The shocking incident has ignited new protests over racial injustice and police violence in several US cities, some of which devolved into destruction and clashes between police and protesters.

About 200 protesters defied a curfew and marched peacefully through city streets on Wednesday, chanting, “Black lives matter” and “No justice, no peace” in response to police shooting of Blake in the presence of his three young sons.

With protests elsewhere in America still lingering over the May 25 death of George Floyd, whose neck was pinned to the ground by a white police officer in in Minneapolis, the Kenosha events revived debates about racism and police brutality in the US.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in Minneapolis on Wednesday to quell unrest that was stirred by the death of a Black homicide suspect who police say shot himself.

Police in Oakland, California, said hundreds of people took part in demonstrations that included fires, broken windows and vandalized businesses.

And police and protesters continued to clash in Portland, Oregon, where demonstrations have gone on for nearly three months straight.

Last month, US President Donald Trump praised American police departments and downplayed police violence against Black people, saying “more white people” are killed by police officers.

According to a Washington Post analysis updated in July, half of people killed by police are white, but Black Americans are shot at a disproportionate rate. They account for less than 13 percent of the U.S. population but are killed by police at over twice the rate of white Americans, the newspaper analysis found.

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