Protests against the shooting of Jacob Blake began their third night in Kenosha on Tuesday as crowds gathered outside the district court and clashed with police, throwing bottles and fireworks at officers.
About 300 protesters again opposed the city's 8 p.m. curfew after Governor Tony Evers declared a state of emergency after a night of violence and destruction in which rioters set fire to companies and vehicles across the city.
Kenosha has become the nation's latest hotspot in a summer of racial unrest after police officers shot and paralyzed Blake, 29, an unarmed black man, in the back several times during a confrontation on Sunday.
The shooting takes place three months after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, sparking nationwide protests against police brutality and racism.
As tensions flared for a third night, riot gear fired rubber bullets, tear gas and lightning strikes as they battled defiant protesters outside a courthouse and adjacent park in downtown Kenosha after dark.
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Protesters were seen hurling water bottles, bricks, fireworks and other items back at the police as they fired rubber bullets and tore gas into the crowd
Law enforcement officials told people to leave the area over loudspeakers on armored vehicles while releasing a constant barrage of less lethal ammunition and tear gas against an enemy crowd that kept up a counterfire of lasers, debris, stones, bottles and explosive devices moving police officers themselves to push the crowd
People, including members of the press, ran away as police fired tear gas at the crowd
The chaos shook Kenosha for a third night: The protests defied the curfew and gathered in front of the district court on Tuesday evening, where they clashed with the police
Protesters were seen trying to tumble over a black fence previously installed around the court as officials prepared for another night of destruction
Protesters gathered outside wearing helmets and masks, and some held makeshift shields as they prepared to face the police
A man stood in front of police officers as they prepared to clash with protesters
During the protest outside the courthouse on Tuesday, a woman was seen shouting and turning off the police
The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department also deployed at least four roof-tower armored patrol vehicles from which MPs fired tear gas canisters into the crowd, many of which hurled water bottles, bricks, fireworks and other items back to the police.
But there was no immediate evidence of buildings or cars being set on fire, as happened Monday evening.
Protesters, some wearing helmets and wearing makeshift protective gear, attempted to storm a black iron fence that had previously been installed to protect the court from rioters.
Meanwhile, officers in protective clothing stood guard behind the barrier and held up shields as protesters shouted explosives and hurled bottles at them.
The footage of the scene also showed people throwing fireworks at police officers as they ignored their orders to disperse.
In one Video Shared by a journalist on Twitter, a man was seen attempting to set fire to an American flag before being deterred by pepperballs fired by police.
A protester throws an object at the police while police officers use tear gas and other ammunition to control the crowd
Protesters took cover behind a garbage can as police fired tear gas and armored vehicles drove in front of the iron fence in front of the court
People used umbrellas and plastic shields to protect themselves from tear gas and rubber bullets
One protester shielded himself with an umbrella and took cover behind a dumpster during clashes outside the Kenosha County courthouse
Members of the crowd were armed with makeshift protective gear ahead of Tuesday's nighttime skirmish
A police officer emerged from the hatch of an armored vehicle to fire rubber bullets at protesters after they ignored orders to evacuate the area
Torches were seen near a Kenosha County sheriff's vehicle during Tuesday night's protests
An explosive device detonated when a protester pushed back an armored vehicle and cleared the nearby park, where crowds gathered
Kenosha County Sheriff's MPs warned the crowd over loudspeakers that they would be attending an illegal gathering while telling them to leave the area.
The crowd responded by singing "black matter" and telling the police to fire rubber bullets.
Several military-style armored patrol cars were also called in to maneuver around the district court firing tear gas at the crowd.
About three hours after the protest was declared an illegal gathering, authorities managed to push the crowd out of the downtown park on Tuesday evening, with protesters scattering the streets.
The riot came hours after Governor Evers promised to deploy additional National Guard troops to restore order to the city while Blake's mother publicly requested silence during a press conference in front of the court.
On Tuesday, President Trump, who consistently denounced the BLM protests that have rocked the country in recent months, called on Wisconsin officials to call the National Guard to quell the riots even though troops were already on the ground.
The governor should call in the Wisconsin National Guard. It is ready, willing, and more than capable. End problem FAST! & # 39; Trump tweeted.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows later announced that Governor Evers had rejected Trump's offer of federal assistance, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
An Evers spokeswoman told the newspaper: "The governor advised them that we would be increasing Wisconsin National Guard support in Kenosha and therefore would not need federal support in response to protests, but would welcome additional federal support and resources in our state's response to COVID-19. "
An armored vehicle moves in front of the iron fence in front of the district court as police fired tear gas at protesters after failing to clear the area
About three hours after the protest was declared an illegal gathering, authorities managed to force the crowd out of the downtown park on Tuesday evening, with protesters scattering the streets
Kenosha County Sheriff MPs eventually took to the streets to clear a park of protesters after ignoring police instructions to disperse them
Protests against the shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday began peacefully before turning into chaos as protesters opposed the curfew and targeted police
Protesters burn a small American flag during a third night of rioting following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha
Blake, 29, a father of six, was hit at close range in a hail of bullets on Sunday by police officers who followed him with guns drawn as he walked by officers to his car and opened a door to the vehicle.
Three of his young sons in the car – three, five, and eight years old – saw their father shot, according to civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents the Blake family.
One viewer captured the encounter on video footage that immediately went viral and sparked outrage over the latest in a long line of cases where police were accused of indiscriminately fatal violence against African Americans.
Blake, who was trying to resolve an argument between two women, was hit by multiple shots fired at him by an officer.
Crump also revealed that Blake had surgery for his injuries, adding that the bullets severed his spinal cord and shattered his vertebrae. Another lawyer said there was also severe organ damage.
"It will be a miracle that Jacob Blake Jr. can ever walk again," said Crump.
Blake, the father of six, is in stable condition in the hospital after an operation
Jacob Blake was shot in the back by Wisconsin police on Sunday as his three young sons watched. He is now paralyzed from the waist down after bullets riddled his body, says his father. Blake is pictured above and is treated just moments after the shooting
Blake's mother Julia Jackson (left) denounced the "violence and destruction" that rocked the city of Kenosha after the shootings and asked for silence on Tuesday. His father Jacob Blake Sr (right) got emotional when speaking out against the cops who shot his son seven times
The legal team plans to file a civil lawsuit against the police over the shooting.
The police did not explain why Blake was shot.
At a press conference earlier in the day, Blake's parents expressed their fear of the shootings as they deciphered two past nights of looting, vandalism and arson that overshadowed peaceful street protests.
"You shot my son seven times, seven times like he didn't care," Jacobv Blake Sr. said tearfully as he spoke to reporters along with other family members and lawyers.
& # 39; But my son is important. He's a person and he's important. & # 39;
Blake's mother, Julia Jackson, said the damage in Kenosha doesn't reflect what her family wants and if her son could see it he would be "very dissatisfied".
After a night of rioting protests, Governor Evers called for a quiet Tuesday and said: "We cannot allow the cycle of systemic racism and injustice to continue."
"We cannot go any further on this path of damage and destruction."
The night before, crowds destroyed dozens of buildings and set more than 30 fires in the downtown city of southeast Wisconsin.
Heavily armed residents were also guarded in front of buildings and shops on Monday in case they were attacked by rioters.
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