Lawyer says Blake paralyzed, protests erupt for 3rd night

Lawyer says Blake paralyzed, protests erupt for 3rd night

Some demonstrations devolved into unrest, including for a third night in Kenosha, where multiple gunshots could be heard in social media posts from at least one neighbourhood where residents and people carrying long guns and other weapons remained in the streets hours after they city's 8pm curfew.

One person was shot dead and another two were injured in the United States city of Kenosha on Tuesday night, according to media reports, as groups clashed during protests over the police shooting of a black man.

Mr Blake, 29, a father of six, was struck from behind at point-blank range in a hail of bullets fired on Sunday by police who were following him with guns drawn as he walked away from officers to his auto and opened a door to the vehicle.

Earlier yesterday, Mr Blake's father spoke alongside other family members and lawyers, telling reporters that police shot his son "seven times, seven times, like he didn't matter".

A state of emergency had been declared in Wisconsin after protests erupted on Sunday with demonstrators destroying over 30 businesses and setting buildings alight.

Police have said little about what happened, other than that they were responding to a domestic dispute.

Lawyers for Mr Blake said he had been trying to "de-escalate a domestic incident".

According to Blake's lawyer Ben Crump, his children - aged three, five and eight - were in the auto when he was shot by the police.

At least three people were shot during a third night of protests in Kenosha, Wis., two of whom died.

The legal team plans to file a civil lawsuit against the police department.

A protester launches a projectile toward police during clashes outside the Kenosha County Courthouse in Wisconsin.

"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", lawyer Ben Crump told a press conference on Tuesday.

Mr Blake's fiancée Laquisha Booker, said the children - who witnessed everything as they sat in the back of the vehicle - were screaming as their father was shot.

"It's going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake Jr to ever walk again", Mr Crump said, adding that the family meant to bring a lawsuit "to hold wrongdoers accountable".

The most recent police shooting of an African American has sparked outrage and protests in USA cities, including NY and Minneapolis, as part of the huge Black Lives Matter movement.

The Kenosha protests have drawn self-styled armed militias to patrol the streets.

Three of the younger Blake's sons - aged 3, 5 and 8 - were in the auto at the time of the shooting, Crump said.

Three people were shot, one of them fatally, as gunfire broke out on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, on the third straight night of unrest sparked by the police shooting of a Black man, the New York Times reported, citing law enforcement.

Protests in Kenosha have been ongoing since Blake's shooting.

Scott said he cradled one of the lifeless victims in his arms, and a woman started performing CPR, but "I don't think he made it".

Wisconsin's department of justice says the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave while investigations continue.

Police said that officers had provided immediate aid to Mr Blake, who was taken to a hospital in Milwaukee afterwards.

"We can not allow the cycle of systemic racism and injustice to continue", he said in a statement.

"We also can not continue going down this path of damage and destruction".

The police have not explained why Mr Blake was shot. In a video footage shared on social media, three officers were seen pointing their weapons at Blake as he walked around a parked auto. After he opens the door and leans into the auto, seven shots ring out, with one of the officers tugging at his shirt.

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