Governor Tony Evers also called a special legislative session to take up a package of bills aimed at addressing problems with law enforcement following the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake late Sunday (August 23) afternoon. Blake's three sons saw the shooting, a lawyer for the family said.
After being rushed to a hospital, Blake was out of surgery and in stable condition, his father told news media on Monday.
In a video taken by a bystander across the street from the shooting, Blake can be seen walking toward the driver's side of a grey SUV followed by two officers with their guns drawn at his back. Seven gunshot sounds can be heard as Blake, who appears to be unarmed, opens the car door, and a woman nearby jumps up and down in disbelief.
It was unknown whether the officers saw something inside the vehicle that caused them to fire on Blake. It was also not clear whether one or both officers fired their weapons.
Crowds gathered at the scene, and some protesters set fires and threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at police, prompting authorities to close public buildings. Activists said they were organizing another night of demonstrations for Monday night.