Protests erupt over the shooting of a black man by police in Wisconsin. Police shot the man many times while responding to what they said was a domestic incident. The man, identified as Jacob Blake, was taken to hospital for surgery and is now in intensive care, his family said.
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A video posted online of the incident appears to show Blake being shot in the back several times as he tries to get into a car.
Authorities in the city declared an emergency overnight curfew after protests broke out following the incident.
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Furthermore, hundreds of people marched on police headquarters on Sunday night. Additionally, vehicles were set on fire and protesters shouted “We won’t back down”.
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Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers condemned the shooting of Blake, who was reportedly unarmed.
“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country,” he said in a statement.
“I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action. In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long.”