Video taken at the scene of Jacob Blake’s shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 23, shows Sheriff David Beth appearing to watch vision of the incident despite his later claim to have never seen the footage.
This video shows Sheriff Beth surrounded by a group of people. At one point, a voice can be heard saying, “here’s the video,” after which Beth can be seen looking at a cellphone for around 13 seconds before handing it back. The cellphone’s screen is not visible in the video.
Beth was later reported to have told a press conference that he “did not see that video” when asked if he was a problem with the actions of the officer who repeatedly shot Blake. Storyful has contacted the sheriff’s office for further comment.
Local news reported the video of Jacob Blake’s shooting had been viewed millions of times online and on television.
Protests first erupted in Kenosha on August 23 after a video circulated on social media showing Blake being shot by a police officer multiple times from behind. Blake was left paralysed below the waist, according to his lawyer Ben Crump. Credit: Kyle Flood via Storyful