Kenosha protests – Cars and buildings in flames in second night of Wisconsin riots over police shooting of black dad
FURIOUS protests over the shooting of black man by police continued last night with buildings and cars torched.
Pictures show giant orange flames leaping from buildings and cars as protesters ravaged Wisconsin after Jacob "Jake" Blake, 29, was shot multiple times in front of his horrified children.
Officers fired tear gas around 8.30 last night as protesters broke curfew, chanting "no justice, no peace".
Swathes of furious activists confronted a line of officers who wore protective gear and stood shoulder-to-shoulder in front of the city's courthouse entrance.
Protesters are said to have lit a number of fires, including torching a garbage truck close to the courthouse.
Already high tensions were exacerbated yesterday after a news conference with Kenosha Mayor John Antarmian, originally to be held in a park, was moved inside the city's public safety building.
Hundreds of protesters rushed to the building and a door was snapped off its hinges before police in riot gear pepper-sprayed the crowd.
The new wave of protests follow the shooting of Mr Blake, 29, who is currently fighting for his life.
Shocking footage of the incident circulated online over the weekend, after cops responded to what they said was a "domestic incident".
In the video, the dad can be seen walking towards a car followed by two officers.
One of them shoots him in front of his kids as he opens the car door and at least seven shots can be heard.
During the shooting, a black woman can be seen screaming in the street and jumping up and down.
Witnesses said Blake was trying to break up an argument between women in a home nearby.
The latest incident of police violence against an allegedly innocent black man has ignited yet more racial tensions throughout the US in the wake of George Floyd's tragic death.
The killing of the unarmed black man after police knelt on his neck for minutes as he told them: "I can't breathe" sparked worldwide Black Lives Matter protests and prompted global conversations about race.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sens Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all condemned Blake's shooting.
Biden has called for an immediate investigation into the shooting.
“His children watched from inside the car and bystanders watched in disbelief," he said in a statement.
"And this morning, the nation wakes up yet again with grief and outrage that yet another Black American is a victim of excessive force.
"This calls for an immediate, full and transparent investigation and the officers must be held accountable.”
Donald Trump's niece Mary Trump also weighed in, tweeting "tell me again that all lives matter. I dare you."'THEY WILL BE TRAUMATIZED'
Benjamin Crump, a civil rights attorney who is representing the family of Floyd, shared a video from the incident on Twitter.
He also said Blake's three sons were in the car and tweeted that "they saw a cop shoot their father."
"They will be traumatized forever," he wrote. "We cannot let officers violate their duty to PROTECT us. Our kids deserve better."
The lawyer is now representing Blake's family.
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