Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 26, 2020 / 10:35 am
Catholics in Kenosha, Wisconsin, are praying for peace after a third night of violence following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
“The evil that they see is not everything,” a staffer at St. James Parish in downtown Kenosha told CNA on Wednesday, in reference to widely circulating video of riots and shootings in the area.
“Just remember that when you pray and when you act in peace and in love,” the parish employee said, “there’s a lot of good in the world too.”
The employee requested anonymity in light of incidents of doxxing and other harassment taking place amid the unrest.
On Sunday, video footing was published online showing a police officer shooting a Black man, later identified as Jacob Blake, in Kenosha late Sunday afternoon. A statement from the police department later that evening said that officers had been responding to a domestic dispute at the scene of the shooting. Three officers involved were placed on administrative leave.
Blake was shown in the video walking away from several police officers who had guns drawn, around the front of a car toward the driver-side door. As Blake opened the door and attempted to get into the car, one officer grabbed him from behind and then shot him multiple times. Another officer stood behind with a gun drawn and pointed at Blake. Seven shots were heard in the video.
Blake was taken to a Milwaukee area hospital. He is paralyzed from the waist down and it would be a “miracle” if he walked again, his family’s lawyer said on Tuesday.
Protests and riots ensued in the town of Kenosha on Sunday night and have continued into Wednesday. The Kenosha Police Department reported on Wednesday morning that two people died from a shooting on late Tuesday night, with a third victim injured. Video published online, and alleged to be footage of the fatal shootings, showed a man running down a street carrying a rifle, pursued by several participants in the protests. The man falls to the ground before opening fire on pursuers. CNA has not independently verified the authenticity or sourcing of that video footage, which police are said now to be reviewing.