Sunday, September 20, 2020
Home Global Joe Biden says Kenosha cops 'must be held accountable' for shooting Black...

Joe Biden says Kenosha cops ‘must be held accountable’ for shooting Black man Jacob Blake in the back

Cops in Wisconsin “must be held accountable” after shooting a Black man in the back in front of his young children, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Monday. 

Police shot Jacob Blake, 29, multiple times in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday as he opened the door to a vehicle where, an attorney hired by his family said, his three children sat. Blake was taken to a Milwaukee hospital and is stable after coming out of surgery, NBC News reported. 

The officers involved were placed on administrative leave as an investigation takes place, the Wisconsin Department of Justice said Monday. It was not immediately clear how many officers shot Blake. 

The shooting, the latest in a string of police violence against Black Americans captured on video this year, sparked uproar and protests against systemic racism in Wisconsin. Democratic politicians called not only for justice for Blake but also for changes to address systemic racism at the root of excessive use of force against Black people. 

“This calls for an immediate, full and transparent investigation and the officers must be held accountable,” Biden said in a statement Monday. 

“These shots pierce the soul of our nation. Jill and I pray for Jacob’s recovery and for his children,” the former vice president continued. “Equal justice has not been real for Black Americans and so many others. We are at an inflection point. We must dismantle systemic racism. It is the urgent task before us.”

A man confronts police outside the Kenosha Police Department in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S., during protests following the police shooting of Black man Jacob Blake August 23, 2020. Picture taken August 23, 2020. Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY via REUTERS MANDATORY CREDIT

Mike De Sisti | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Reuters

President Donald Trump, who has embraced only limited changes to hold police more accountable for using excessive force, was set to be briefed on the shooting Monday. So far this year, he has focused his attention more on the protests sparked by police killings of Black Americans including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor than the violence committed by law enforcement. 

Efforts to hold cops more responsible for excessive force and to reform policing will play a role in November’s presidential election between Trump and Biden. 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice gave few details about the shooting. It said police responded to a “reported domestic incident” in Kenosha on Sunday evening before the shooting. 

The office of Benjamin Crump, a civil rights attorney retained by Blake’s family, said Blake was “helping to deescalate a domestic incident when police drew their weapons and tasered him.” As he was “walking away to check on his children, police fired their weapons several times into his back at point blank range,” Crump’s office said. 

In a statement, Crump said Blake’s “three sons witnessed their father collapse after being riddled with bullets.” He called it a “miracle” that Blake is still alive. 

“We will seek justice for Jacob Blake and for his family as we demand answers from the Kenosha Police Department. How many more of these tragic ‘while Black’ tragedies will it take until the racial profiling and undervaluing of Black lives by the police finally stops?” Crump said. 

Raysean White, a 22-year-old who filmed the video, told NBC that he heard women arguing across the street from his apartment. Then, the man later identified as Blake arrived in a truck. White later saw police “wrestling” with Blake, and then started to record after he saw an officer tase Blake. 

White also heard police yelling “drop the knife,” according to NBC. But he added, “I didn’t see any weapons in his hands, he wasn’t being violent.” 

Police then fired shots as Blake moved to open the driver’s side door of the vehicle. 



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Australia reports lowest coronavirus cases in three months: Live – Al Jazeera English

Australia reported 14 new cases on Sunday - the lowest daily increase in new coronavirus cases in three months as strict lockdown in Melbourne reduces infections sharply. Brazil and Argentina have announced that they are joining a global alliance seeking to pool the purchase and distribution of future COVID-19 vaccines. Despite threats of heavy fines…

Uptick in L.A. County’s COVID-19 case rate raises concerns over increased transmission during Labor Day holiday – KTLA Los Angeles

by: Nouran Salahieh Posted: Sep 19, 2020 / 05:43 PM PDT / Updated: Sep 19, 2020 / 05:43 PM PDT People gather on the beach on the second day of the Labor Day weekend amid a heatwave in Santa Monica on Sept. 6, 2020. (APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images) After weeks of improvement, a recent…

Joe Biden said in 2016 that it is a president’s ‘constitutional duty’ to fill a SCOTUS seat

Joe Biden is accused of hypocrisy after a 2016 op-ed emerged in which he slammed Republicans for holding up a Supreme Court appointment, stating that it is the 'constitutional duty' of a president to nominate if a vacancy becomes available.  He made the comments in a March 2016 op-ed with the New York Times, in which he…

TikTok Ban Averted: Trump Gives Oracle-Walmart Deal His ‘Blessing’

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in July. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of…