US protests grow following Jacob Blake shooting

US protests grow following Jacob Blake shooting

US protests grow following Jacob Blake shooting

The US National Guard has been deployed as protests grow in the wake of the shooting of another African-American man, Jacob Blake.

Blake, 29, was shot seven times by a police officer as he attempted to get into his car in Kenosha.

His three children were in the vehicle at the time, and he is said to have been unarmed.

Witnesses allege that Blake was trying to break up a fight between two women when the officers arrived at the scene.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets, defying a curfew on Monday night as they chanted “no justice, no peace”.

Protests are ongoing.

These demonstrations are the latest in a series of public outcries against police brutality and racial injustice.

Joe Biden has called for “an immediate, full and transparent investigation,” stressing that the officers responsible “must be held accountable” for their actions.

But Pete Deates, president of the city’s police union, has asked the public to wait until all facts are known.

He said:

“As always, the video currently circulating does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident.”

The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.

Jacob Blake remains in hospital in serious condition.

His father has said that he has been paralysed from the waist down, with his lawyer adding that “it’s a miracle he’s still alive.”

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