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Three days after Kenosha police shot Jacob Blake, who is Black, shockwaves are still reverberating and details still emerging. Wisconsin’s attorney general said that police first used a Taser on Blake, who was reportedly shot less than three minutes after police arrived on the scene. Outrage has erupted in Kenosha, around the country and into the world of professional sports. John Yang reports.
Three days after police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot a black man, Jacob Blake, in the back, the shockwaves are still reverberating through that city, through the nation and, as John Yang reports, through the world of professional athletics.
Black Lives Matter!
It was peaceful in Kenosha last night, as demonstrators demanded justice for 29-year-old Jacob Blake, who lies in a Milwaukee hospital, paralyzed from the waist down.
Bit by bit, details of his shooting by are emerging. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said police first unsuccessfully Tasered Blake.
Mr. Blake walked around his vehicle, opened the driver's side door and leaned forward. While holding onto Mr. Blake's shirt, Officer Rusten Sheskey fired his service weapon seven times.
Officer Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr. Blake's back. No other officer fired their weapon.
Kaul said that after Blake was shot, he told investigators he had a knife. Officers found it on the floor of his car, though it's not clear whether they knew about it before.
Using police dispatch tapes, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel determined that Blake was shot less than three minutes after police arrived on the scene. The officer who shot Blake is a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha police. He's on administrative leave and has not been charged.
Information is also emerging about the killings of two Kenosha County men during protests Tuesday night. Authorities have not named them, but friends and family say the dead are 26-year-old Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36.
On a now deactivated Facebook page that appears to belong to Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old being held on a first-degree intentional homicide charge, a young man professed his support for police, declaring, "We back the blue."
Blake's shooting has fueled protests around the country, from Oakland to Minneapolis, where the Minnesota governor called out the National Guard to put down looting following erroneous reports that police had shot a black man.
And the anger and frustration has spread to professional sports. Last night, nearly a dozen, NBA, WNBA, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer games were called off when athletes refused to play. Instead of taking the court for a playoff game, Milwaukee Bucks players spoke by phone from their locker room with the Wisconsin lieutenant governor and attorney general.
I commend the Bucks and now all NBA teams that suspended their games today for stepping up and participating in the dialogue about these issues and making their voices known.
Later, Bucks' players spoke to reporters.
We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable. For this to occur, it is imperative for the Wisconsin state legislature to reconvene, after months of inaction, and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality and criminal justice reform.
NBA and WNBA players and coaches have been at the forefront of protests over systemic racism and police brutality.
Doc Rivers is head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
We're the ones getting killed. We're the ones getting shot. We're the ones that were denied to live in certain communities. We have been hung, we have been shot.
And all you do is keep hearing about fear. It's — it's amazing to me why we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back.
And it's just — it's really so sad.
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Courtney Norris is the deputy senior producer of national affairs for the NewsHour. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @courtneyknorris
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