Kenosha shooting: Protests erupt after US police shoot Black man

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Protests have erupted in the US state of Wisconsin after police shot a black man many times while responding to what they said was a domestic incident.

The man, identified as Jacob Blake, is in a serious condition in hospital.

Video posted online appears to show Mr Blake being shot in the back as he tries to get into a car in the city of Kenosha.

Authorities in Kenosha declared an emergency overnight curfew after unrest broke out following the shooting.

Hundreds of people marched on police station on Sunday night. Vehicles were assail fire and protesters shouted “We won’t back down”.

In a public safety alert, police urged 24-hour businesses to think about closing due to “numerous” calls about armed robberies and shots being fired.

Officers used tear gas to undertake to disperse many protesters who defied the county-wide curfew, which is in situ until 07:00 on Monday (12:00 GMT).

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers condemned the shooting of Mr Blake, who was reportedly unarmed.

“While we don’t have all of the small print yet, what we all know surely is that he’s not the primary Black man or person to possess been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of people in enforcement in our state or our country,” he said during a statement.

“I have said right along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action. within the coming days, we’ll demand just that of elected officials in our state who have did not recognise the racism in our state and our country for much too long.”

Jacob Blake’s name was trending on social media and thousands signed a petition calling for the officers involved to be charged.

The shooting comes amid heightened tensions within the US over racism and police brutality following the death of African-American man George Floyd earlier this year.

What happened?
Kenosha local department said the “officer involved shooting” happened shortly after 17:00 on Sunday. It added that officers had provided “immediate aid” to Mr Blake, who was taken to a hospital in Milwaukee.

It said police had been responding to a “domestic incident” but gave no details about what led to the shooting.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the incident. It said the officers involved had been placed on administrative leave.

In video footage shared on social media, three officers are often seen pointing their weapons at a person identified as Mr Blake as he walks around a parked SUV. As he opens the door and leans into the car, one officer are often seen grabbing his shirt and opening fire. Seven shots are often heard within the video, as witnesses shout and scream.

The officers involved haven’t been officially named.

Prominent civil rights lawyer Ben Crump told CNN that Mr Blake’s family had reached bent him for assistance.

In a tweet, he said Mr Blake’s three sons were within the car he was stepping into when he was shot.

“They saw a cop shoot their father. they’re going to be traumatized forever. We cannot let officers violate their duty to guard us,” he wrote.

He said the shooting happened after Mr Blake tried to interrupt up a fight.

Witnesses also told local news site Kenosha News that Mr Blake had tried to interrupt up a fight between two women which police had attempted to use a Taser on him before the shooting.

Clyde McLemore, a spokesman with a close-by chapter of Black Lives Matter, told reporters “the frustration is boiling to the highest and we’re sick and tired”.

Black Lives Matter protests were held across the US and round the world after African-American man George Floyd was killed in police custody in Wisconsin’s neighbouring state of Minnesota in May.

A white policeman knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes before he died. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with murder.

Source: bbc news

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