3 shot during Jacob Blake protests in Wisconsin, US

THREE people have been shot during the third night of protests in the United States, Kenosha that was sparked by the police shooting of African American, Jacob Blake.

The violence occurred during a confrontation between protesters and a group of armed men.

Unrest broke out in Kenosha after Jacob Blake was shot by police on Sunday but details of what happened were not immediately available.

Mr Blake’s shooting comes as the US grapples with the treatment of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement, as well as wider questions about racism in society since the death in police custody in Minneapolis of another black man, George Floyd, in May.

Jacob Blake, 29, was shot several times in the back as he entered a car where his three children were seated. Police said they were responding to a domestic incident, but so far it is unclear who called the police, how many officers were involved, and what happened before the shooting. Police in Kenosha do not have body cameras, although they do have microphones.

Lawyers for Mr Blake said he had been trying to “de-escalate a domestic incident” when police drew their weapons.

His family said he has been left paralysed from the waist down – although doctors do not know if it is permanent.

Within hours of Mr Blake’s shooting, hundreds of people had marched on Kenosha’s police headquarters. Cars were later set alight, and police urged 24-hour businesses to consider closing because of “numerous” calls about armed robberies and shots being fired.

Meanwhile, the governor of Wisconsin is sending more National Guard troops to the city, to protect state buildings and support first responders and firefighters. A state of emergency has also been declared in Wisconsin, as protesters clashed with police for a third night.

Protests have also spread to a number of other cities, including Portland, Oregon and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Buildings and cars have been left damaged following protests over the shooting in the city of about 100,000 on the south-western shore of Lake Michigan.

Blake’s mother Julia Jackson told the press conference her son had been “fighting for his life”, but said if he “knew what was going on as far as that goes, the violence and the destruction, he would be very unpleased”.

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