27.08 2020 20:39h

Twitter’s Reaction to the Shooting of Jacob Blake

Police brutality towards people of color due to systemic racism has recently been made the focal point of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. After the unjust shootings of African Americans like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and now Jacob Blake, Twitter has erupted with comments from users expressing their grief, sympathy and, rage.
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On 24 August 2020 protesters took to the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin after a Black man was shot multiple times in the back by the local police while his children watched.

Jacob Blake, 29 was shot in the back seven to eight times as he walked towards his vehicle.
Blake’s family reported that he was in a stable condition after undergoing surgery, the following day. Blake’s father added that he was paralyzed from the waist down.

The recent ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement fueled by the death of George Floyd brought systemic racism and police brutality towards people of color to light.

Similarly, the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers caused an uproar amongst the people of Wisconsin and resulted in them taking to the streets to protest against racial inequality and demand justice for Blake.

A video of the incident was also being circulated on twitter which caused civil unrest. While peaceful protesters screamed “no justice, no peace” in the name of Blake, rioters looted shops, vandalized government property and, burned down buildings and businesses.

As a result, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers deployed the National Guard to Kenosha. An 8 p.m. curfew was imposed and protesters were tear-gassed.

Jacob Blake was trending on Twitter as outrage and shock took over Twitter users:

Joe Biden even called for a “full and transparent investigation.” And Kamala Harris seconded that proposition by tweeting: “the officers involved should be held accountable.”

Celebrities reached out to the general public and requested them to sign petitions to put pressure on the government to charge the police officers that shot Blake:

What are you doing to help serve justice?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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