06:05 GMT20 September 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Governor Tony Evers of the state of Wisconsin said in a statement on Monday that he has authorized the deployment of the US National Guard to the city of Kenosha after protests erupted following the shooting of a black man by a white police officer.

    “This is a limited mobilization of the National Guard focused on supporting the needs of local first responders to protect critical infrastructure, such as utilities and fire stations, and to ensure Kenoshians are able to assemble safely,” Evers said.

    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper reported that roughly 125 National Guard members will arrive in Kenosha tonight.

    The man shot by police on Sunday has been identified as Jacob Blake, who is in stable condition after coming out of surgery earlier in the day. Blake was trying to break up a fight between two women when police officers arrived and reportedly attempted to talk with Blake who was not interested and started putting his children in his car.

    Police officers shot Blake multiple times as he was trying to leave, media reported.

    FRootage of the shooting has been circulating on social media.

    Angered residents took to the streets of Kenosha following news of the shooting. Law enforcement officers pushed the protesters back from the police department building using tear gas and authorities declared a city-wide curfew.

    According to the newspaper, all law enforcement officers involved in the incident have been put on administrative leave.


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