Stars including Cardi B, 50 Cent, and Nathalie Emmanuel have demanded justice for an unarmed Black man shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Footage emerged online of the attempted arrest of Jacob Blake, 29, in the city, which shows a white officer grabbing his shirt before seven gunshots are heard – reportedly leaving the man in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
His partner, Laquisha Booker, told NBC’s Milwaukee, Wisconsin affiliate, WTMJ-TV, that their three children were in the car at the time of the shooting, and the footage has sparked angry protests in the state since the video went viral on Sunday.
Expressing her outrage, Cardi posted a video of the incident on Instagram, which she captioned: “Wow this is SICKENING ! I can’t believe it ! What’s going to be the excuse now ? They just don’t give a f**k nomore ! SOMETHING MUST HAPPEN !Yooo this is insane they really not giving a f**k anymore.Lord please! (sic)”
50 Cent also shared the video on the social media site, adding: “No way what the f**k kinda law enforcement is this? Shot this man 7 times in his back, in front of his kids.”
Game of Thrones star Nathalie tweeted “STOP KILLING/HARMING BLACK PEOPLE!!!!”, using the Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police campaigning hashtags.
Rosanna Arquette, meanwhile, wrote on the site, “Prayers for Jacob Blake who is out of surgery the officer must be arrested and jailed for attempted murder,” while George Takei fumed: “May Jacob Blake make a full recovery. May the cops who shot him in the back in front of his children face justice. May we all work to end police terror and racial violence in this country.”
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have also both expressed their outrage over the shooting, as have former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Justice are investigating the incident, and the officers concerned have been placed on administrative leave.