Shooting at Kenosha: The National Guard deployed after a black man was shot

The governor of the US state of Wisconsin deployed the National Guard to maintain "public safety" after police shot a black man on Sunday.

Jacob Blake is reported to be in stable condition after officers shot him multiple times while he was trying to get into a car in Kenosha.

Protests erupted in the city shortly after, and authorities imposed an emergency curfew at night.

Governor Tony Evers has now summoned the National Guard to assist the local police.

In a press release, Governor Evers said the "limited mobilization" - carried out at the request of local officials - was to help law enforcement "protect critical infrastructure" and make sure people could demonstrate safely.

Everyone should be able to express their anger and frustration by exercising their First Amendment rights and report these calls to action without any fear of insecurity. ”: 00 GMT) until 07:00 on Tuesday.

The governor also called for a special session of the state legislature on August 31 to discuss a set of laws that were announced earlier this year regarding police accountability and transparency.

Mr. Evers announced the legislation in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in neighboring Minnesota police. His death in May highlighted police brutality and racism in the US and sparked protests around the world.

What is the latest news from Kenosha?

Hundreds of people marched outside the police headquarters on Sunday night to demonstrate against the shooting.

Cars were set ablaze and protesters shouted "We will not back down" as officers used tear gas to try to disperse the crowds.

Organizers called for more demonstrations in Wisconsin on Monday.

Clyde Macklemore, a member of a close branch of the Black Lives Matter movement, issued a Facebook invitation for a march through town starting at noon.

Reports indicate that up to 200 National Guard personnel will be deployed on Monday.

Governor Evers also said that there will be a special legislative session next week to discuss laws announced earlier this year on police accountability.

The governor wrote in a tweet on Twitter that lawmakers had "failed to act" in the two months since he announced "policies of logic."

I urge the legislature to rise to the occasion of this occasion and to give this special session the urgent and fruitful efforts that this moment demands and which the people of Wisconsin deserve.

What happened on Sunday?

Kenosha Police said that the "officer involved in the shooting" occurred shortly after 17:00 on Sunday. She added that the officers provided "immediate assistance" to Mr. Blake, who was transferred to a hospital in Milwaukee in critical condition.

In a video shared on social media, three officers can be seen pointing their weapons at a man identified as Mr. Blake as he walks around a parked SUV. When he opens the door and leans toward the car, an officer can be seen holding his shirt and opening fire. Seven shots can be heard in the video, as witnesses scream and scream.

Police said the officers were responding to a "local incident," but did not provide details about the cause of the shooting. It was not immediately clear who called the police and what happened before the video was recorded.

Ben Crump's civil rights attorneys announced that he represents Mr. Blake's family. In a statement posted on Twitter, he said the 29-year-old father of three "was helping to calm a local incident" at the time.

Crump said the officers' "irresponsible, reckless and inhuman behavior" nearly cost the life of a man who was simply trying to do the right thing.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the accident. The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave and a petition demanding indictment has garnered tens of thousands of signatures.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday issued a statement calling for a "full and transparent investigation" into the shooting.

Governor Evers also condemned the shooting, saying that Mr. Blake "is not the first black man or person to be shot, injured or ruthlessly killed by law enforcement personnel in our state or country."

But the Democratic governor faced criticism for this response. Pete Dates, president of the Kenosha Police Union, said Evers' statement was "absolutely irresponsible" and said people should wait until all the facts are known.

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