In Wisconsin, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday it will launch an independent investigation into the police shooting of Jacob Blake, whose shooter was identified Wednesday for the first time as Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey. Sheskey, who is white, shot Jacob Blake — an unarmed Black man — in the back seven times as he was getting into his car on Sunday, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Sheskey has been placed on paid administrative leave and has not been charged with a crime.
The shooting has sparked massive protests across the country. Overnight, protesters in Kenosha defied a 7 p.m. curfew and marched for a fourth straight night; while in Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz called out the National Guard to Minneapolis as protesters took to the streets, breaking windows and removing merchandise from downtown stores. The Minneapolis protests began after a false rumor circulated on social media that police had shot and killed a man who was wanted on homicide charges. In fact, the man died by suicide, fatally shooting himself as police closed in to arrest him.