24 Aug 2020

Wisconsin: Protests erupt after police shoot black man

8:06 pm on 24 August 2020

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

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Protests have erupted in the US state of Wisconsin. Photo: 123RF

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

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

Protesters and security officials clashed following the shooting and an overnight curfew was imposed.

Hundreds marched on police headquarters on Sunday night. Vehicles were set on fire and police used tear gas.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers tweeted following the shooting of Blake, who was reportedly unarmed.

"We stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites," Evers wrote.

Kenosha police said the Wisconsin department of justice would be investigating the "officer involved shooting".

It comes amid heightened tensions in the US over police brutality following the killing of George Floyd in May.

A white police officer knelt on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes before he died in Wisconsin's neighbouring state of Minnesota.