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Protests break out in Wisconsin over police shooting of Jacob Blake

Anti-police protests erupted Sunday night in Kenosha, Wisconsin, just hours after a police officer was filmed shooting a black man in the back as he tried to enter his car.

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Crowds of protesters first gathered at the scene of the shooting — where 29-year-old Jacob Blake was struck several times in the back and seriously injured — before making their way to the police station, according to local reports.

Footage posted to social media shows protesters banging on the station house window, screaming “F–k the police.”

Police later deployed tear gas, TMJ4-TV reporter Lauren Linder tweeted.

In another clip posted to Twitter, protesters throw what appears to be molotov cocktails and bricks towards police standing near a patrol car.

One officer appears to get struck by a flying object, knocking him to the ground.

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Elsewhere in the city, dump trucks and garbage trucks that were placed at intersections were lit on fire.

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Blake was shot at about 5:10 p.m. local time after police responded to the location for a domestic incident.

The footage circulating on social media of the shooting shows two cops with weapons drawn trailing Blake as he walks to a gray van and opens the driver’s side door to get inside.

One of the officers then grabs him by the back of his tank top and appears to shoot him at close range. A fusillade can be heard, followed by a car horn, and bystanders screaming.

A family member told Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV that Blake’s children were in the vehicle when cops shot their dad.

At least half a dozen witnesses told the Kenosha News that the man had been trying to break up a fight between two women. They said cops tasered him and that they heard seven gunshots ring out.

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