State of emergency in Wisconsin - looting and arson (VIDEO)

State of emergency in Wisconsin - looting and arson.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency in the state and said he would deploy additional forces from the US National Guard because of riots and protests in the city of Kenosha, which erupted after a black man was shot by police, Reuters reported.

After more than 100 members of the National Guard were sent to the scene on Monday, Evers said the number would be increased to 250. The move comes in response to calls for a tougher response from authorities after peaceful street protests were overshadowed by a night of looting and arson that severely damaged a number of public buildings, shops and offices.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jacob Blake was shot dead Sunday afternoon in front of his three children (boys aged 3, 5 and 8) while trying to end an argument between two women. Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who represents Blake's family, told ABC News that Jacob was hit by four of a total of seven bullets fired by the same officer. A video taken by a neighbor shows Blake walking towards his car, moving away from two police officers who aimed their weapons at his back. As he opened his car door and prepared to enter, seven shots rang out. Police did not explain why Blake was shot. According to Trump, there were no signs that Blake was armed.

Jacob Blake's family has called for an end to the violent protests in Kenosha. At a press conference convened by them, the family's lawyers said that Blake was paralyzed from the waist down, probably forever, that he had been hit in the stomach and that one of his kidneys and liver had been damaged.

Jacob's mother made an emotional call for unity and said she was praying for police officers and was disappointed with the destruction in the city.

The shooting is being investigated by US authorities.

What happened to Blake comes three months after the death of another African-American, George Floyd, during a police arrest in Minneapolis sparked protests across the country against police brutality and racism.

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