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Protesters Blast After US Police Shoot Black Man in Wisconsin; A State of Emergency Declared

Protesters Blast After US Police Shoot Black Man in Kenosha; A State of Emergency Declared

 Protests have blasted in the US state of Wisconsin after police shot a black man many times while responding to what they said was a domestic incident. Hundreds of people marched on police headquarters on Sunday night. Vehicles were set on fire and protesters shouted "We won't back down".

Early in the morning on Monday, August 24, CBS 58 crews saw burned out garbage trucks, vandalized businesses and saw authorities blocking the area around the Kenosha County Courthouse. 

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

The man, identified as Jacob Blake, was taken to hospital for surgery and is now in intensive care, his family said.

The shooting happened after 5 p.m. Sunday in the 2800-block of 40th Street when officers responded to a domestic incident, according to the Kenosha Police Department.

In the video posted earlier on social media that appeared to show the shooting from across a street, three officers could be seen shouting and pointing their weapons at Blake as he walked around the front of a parked SUV. As Blake opened the driver's side door and leaned inside, one officer grabbed his shirt from behind and then fired into the vehicle.

Seven shots could be heard on the video, though it was unclear if more than one officer fired.

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

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the incident. It said the officers involved had been placed on administrative leave.

As of Monday morning local time, more than 18,000 people had signed a petition on change.org calling for the officers involved to be charged.

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