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Atlanta Police report damage to precinct during Jacob Blake protests Downtown

The protests come after the Sunday police shooting that seriously wounded Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

ATLANTA — Atlanta Police report property damage to its Zone 5 precinct after protests, Tuesday night, following the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin.

Police spokesperson Tasheena Brown confirmed the damage to the precinct off Ted Turner Drive. She said windows were broken and graffiti was sprayed on the building.

Update: Police report 8 arrests from Tuesday night protests. 

Zone 5 covers most of Downtown Atlanta, and several Midtown neighborhoods - including Ansley Park, Castleberry Hill and Piedmont Park - and schools, like Georgia State University and Georgia Tech.

The protests come after the Sunday police shooting that seriously wounded Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, turning the city into the nation’s latest flashpoint in a summer of racial unrest. 

The Wisconsin police agency has said little about what happened before the shooting, other than that officers were responding to a domestic dispute. Video recorded by a bystander at the scene showed police shooting Blake in the back as he tried to enter into his SUV, firing at least seven times. Three of Blake's children were in the car. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating. 

Protests erupted in Wisconsin shortly after, and have rippled throughout the nation again, including here in Atlanta, where the demonstrations Tuesday night centered at Woodruff Park in Downtown. 

Video from the scene showed protesters gathered, with some words spray-painted on the side of the building before police pulled up to the scene. Protesters appeared to throw fireworks back at them, before police moved in to clear them out of the streets.

Police also said frozen water bottles and rocks were thrown at officers, however they gained control quickly.

Police said they will continue to "monitor the situation and their movements," Brown said.

11Alive's Hope Ford was following the protests when she saw one demonstrator step into the street around 9:30 p.m. Immediately, police arrested him, charging him with “pedestrian in the roadway,” according to Ford. Police said he appeared to be armed, and did not have a concealed carry permit on him.

She reported seeing at least one other person - a man on a bicycle - arrested about an hour earlier.

By the end of the night, APD told 11Alive that eight people had been arrested. 

Materials from the Associated Press contributed to this report.