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Two dead after shots fired at protests over black man shot in back
August 26, 2020
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Two people have died and one more is injured after shots were fired during protests over the shooting of a black man.
Police confirmed there were two fatalities at protests in Wisconsin, US.
They said the shots were fired in Kenosha, with one other taken to hospital.
Protests broke out after a black man was shot in the back by a police officer.
Footage showed Jacob Blake being struck from behind at point-blank range as he walked away from officers to his car to open a door to the vehicle.
His family said on Tuesday he was left paralysed and "fighting for his life".
Lawyer Ben Crump told a press conference: "His family believe in miracles, but the medical diagnosis right now is that he is paralysed and, because those bullets severed his spinal cord and shattered some of his vertebrae, it is going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake Jr to ever walk again."
He added that three of his young sons inside the car witnessed their dad being gunned down.
Social media videos from the protests showed people screaming amid close-up images of gunshot wounds after a night of skirmishes, with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets, had appeared to ease.
Crowds chased a man running down the street with a rifle after they believed he had shot another man.
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One pursuer took a flying kick at him after he fell to the ground, and another tried to grab his weapon. He appeared to be shot at close range and fell to the ground.
Two others were wounded and received aid from bystanders, the videos showed.
Anti-racism protesters also clashed with police in Portland, Oregon, and Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday night, part of a wave of national protests that have continued since the May 25 death of a Black man in Minneapolis, George Floyd, who was pinned to the street under the knee of a white police officer.
Police arrested more than 60 people in a protest march in Louisville, Kentucky, organised for Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed in March by police officers who burst into her apartment.
It follows the death of black man George Floyd earlier this year, that sparked Black Lives Matter protests around the world.
Floyd could be heard telling officers "I can't breathe" as one placed their knee on his neck.