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Cops in Kenosha where Jacob Blake was shot won’t have body cameras until 2022

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/24/2020 Theresa Braine
a group of people in uniform: Police in riot gear stand guard in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Kenosha police shot a man Sunday evening, setting off unrest in the city after a video appeared to show the officer firing several shots at close range into the man's back. © Mike De Sisti Police in riot gear stand guard in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Kenosha police shot a man Sunday evening, setting off unrest in the city after a video appeared to show the officer firing several shots at close range into the man's back.

Police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where an unarmed Black man was shot in the back by cops Sunday, do not have body cameras because they’re not yet in the budget.

Jacob Blake, 29, was hospitalized in serious condition after the caught-on-video shooting in Kenosha.

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Last month, the Kenosha County Board voted 22-0 to direct the finance staff to budget for body cameras for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department next year, the Kenosha News reported.

At a briefing, Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian said the force is expected to get body cameras in 2022, The Washington Post reported.

In 2017, then-alderman Kevin Mathewson passed a resolution for all Kenosha Police officers to wear body cameras, according to Newsweek. Currently there is $200,000 allocated for them in the 2022 Capital Improvement Plan, Newsweek reported.

As protests raged in the streets and Blake fought for his life in the hospital after being shot seven times, city officials reiterated the importance of relying on department-issued cameras rather than bystanders’ cell phones.

“This situation what happened here today, whether it ends up being justified or not, this highlights the need for the city, the mayor especially, to address the situation this year with this budget,” County Board Supervisor Zach Rodriguez told the Kenosha News as he arrived at the scene Sunday. “And commit to all citizens to say that our officers are going to carry this equipment.”

Blake’s three children were in the car when he was shot, the family’s attorney, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, said Monday.

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The footage has gone viral and sparked protests across this 100,000-population lakeside city. Kenosha County has declared a state of emergency curfew for Monday night, with 125 National Guard members called in, reported WITI-TV.

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