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An unarmed black man has been shot in the back seven times by a police officer.
Jacob Blake, 29, has been hospitalised in a serious condition in the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The shooting happened around 5pm local time as officers responded to a “domestic incident”.
In disturbing footage circulating on social media, two police officers direct Mr Blake towards their car.
One of them then shoots him in the back after he opens the door.
Crowds afterwards gathered at the scene and threw bricks and Molotov cocktails at police, according to social media reports.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers tweeted: “We stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.”
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside a Kenosha police station chanting “Black Lives Matter”.
Demonstrators set fire to vehicles and smashed police cruiser windows, as cops set off tear gas canisters.
The county has since declared a state of emergency and enforced a curfew until 7am local time.
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