American civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson held a briefing to address the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot by officers in the back as he leaned into his vehicle. His three children were seated inside.
Jackson, joined by other officials, spoke today on the shooting of Jacob Blake. Watch their remarks in the player above.
The shooting ignited protests this week, along with multiple pro sports walkouts, over racial injustice, months after George Floyd was killed when a Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck. Ben Crump, the lawyer representing Blake’s family, said earlier this week that Blake is paralyzed from the waist down, saying that it would “take a miracle” for him to walk again.
Jackson, joined by Wisconsin NAACP officials and Wisconsin state Sen. Lena Taylor, addressed what he described as the double standards involving the 17-year-old, Kyle Rittenhouse, who was arrested and charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the deaths of two people who were fatally shot on the third night of protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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