Liz Heidhues 8.25.2020
NBA Superstar LeBron James said that the Jacob Blake shooting shows why Black people in America are “terrified” of the American police.
Alluding to the never-ending spiral of violence by armed American cops against American citizens, LeBron said that, “Firearms are a huge issue in America … not only are they used for hunting for sport … we think you’re hunting us.”
Jacob Blake. Jacob Blake’s family
On Sunday 8.23.2020, a 29-year-old black man, Jacob Blake, was shot eight times in the back by cops in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The cops bullets left Mr. Blake paralyzed from the waist down. The cops shot Mr. Blake in front of his child.
The cops shot Mr. Blake as he tried to get into the driver’s seat of his vehicle.
By the grace of a good and brave bystander, Raysean White, the activity between Mr. Blake and the armed police officers was recorded at the moment the cops fired their weapons.
Raysean said of Mr. Blake’s shooting, “He wasn’t being violent.”
Mr. White posted his citizen video of the Wisconsin shooting on social media.
Protests erupt in New York City after Blake shooting
The posting occurred just three months after another citizen video revealing the murder of the unarmed George Floyd by Minneapolis, Minnesota police was posted on social media.
The three officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s murder were eventually arrested and charged.
There are no comprehensive statistics available on problems with police integrity, and no government entity collects data on all criminal arrests of law enforcement officers in the United States.*
“Police Integrity Lost: A Study of Law Enforcement Officers Arrested.”
Philip Matthew Stinson, Sr., J.D., Phd.