New Yorkers took to the streets in protest Monday after a Black man was shot by police in Wisconsin Sunday night.
Hundreds of Black Lives Matter marchers started in Times Square and made their way up Fifth Avenue, then down to Washington Square Park before heading along the West Side Highway.
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They were chanting and carrying signs calling for justice for Jacob Blake, who was shot multiple times by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday evening.
One protest organizer told NY1’s Ruschell Boone this was especially painful, because they believed their weeks of demonstrations were starting to have some impact.
“With all the marches and protests that we’ve had you would think that the rest of the country would get the message that Black lives really do matter,” he said. “Then to see a man get shot seven times in front of his children is just disgusting. These aren’t things you want to wake up and see.”
The organizer said the protest is not about the victims that are known, but for those who are left out of the conversation.
“We’re in it for that and to make sure that the people who need support every day in our community get it,” he said. “It’s not just Black lives matter when police are killing people in our community, but it’s gun violence and everything. That’s why we’re out here.”
According to the Kenosha Police Department, at 5:11 p.m., Sunday officers were called to the 2800 block of 40th Street in response to a “domestic incident.”
Local police have not yet offered more details on the incident, but witnesses told the Kenosha News that Blake had been on the scene trying to break up a fight between two women.
The widely shared video, which appears to be filmed through a window across the street, shows a man walking toward a car as two officers follow him, weapons drawn. As the man opens the driver’s side door to enter the car, one officer pulls the back of his shirt to stop him and begins to fire. Seven shots can be heard.
Kenosha Police report that the officers provided immediate aid after the shooting.
Blake is in serious condition after being transported to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, according to police reports.
As of early Monday morning, Blake’s brother reported on Twitter that Blake was out of surgery and in the ICU.
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, and the investigation has been turned over to the state’s Department of Justice.
This comes as protesters across the country have spent months marching to highlight the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others.
Even though this incident happened far from New York, protesters said the issues are the same all across the country, including right here.
“I think the message we need to send to the city is that the NYPD needs to do better, especially when we’re looking at the protests and how they were handled,” the protest organizer said. “The AG didn’t call a hearing for no reason. Commissioner Shea knows. I’ve spoken to some police officers. But seeing that the Police Benevolent Association endorsed Trump, I don’t think the city’s waking up to what’s happening. There are some cops out there who aren’t here to protect us. There are some cops out there that are still racist. There are some cops out there that don’t think Black lives matter. And there are some cops out there who think this is a joke. I think it’s unfortunate that our tax dollars are going to some cops who aren’t doing what they need to do.”
Though protesters said they are angry, the marches on Monday were peaceful. However, organizers would not say where the march was headed, or whether the demonstrations would continue.