LeBron James: ‘Black people in America are scared’ [Video]

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • LeBron James has condemned the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, saying his “emotions are all over the place.”
  • Blake, an unarmed Black man, was shot multiple times in the back by police as he entered an SUV while his three children were in the car, according to a family lawyer.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers’ power forward said:”We are scared as Black people in America.

NBA superstar LeBron James has condemned the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Speaking at a post-game news conference Monday night, James said that Black people in America are “scared.”

The Los Angeles Lakers’ won Game 4 over the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference playoffs. He’s now focused on Blake’s shooting.

“Quite frankly it’s just f**ked up in our community,” he said. “And I said it, I know people get tired of hearing me say it but we are scared as a Black people in America. Black men, Black women, Black kids, we are terrified.”

A police officer shot Blake several times in the back as he opened the door of his parked vehicle in Kenosha. Footage of the shooting made its rounds on social media late Sunday, prompting violent protests for four consecutive nights. The family’s attorney, Ben Crump, told CBS News that Blake’s three children, ages 3 to 8, were in the car. According to Crump, Blake is in stable condition. 

After seeing the video, James criticized the police’s handling of the incident, arguing that Blake did not need to be shot because there were other officers to help detain him. 

“There were multiple moments where if they wanted to, they could’ve tackled him. They could’ve grabbed him,” he said. “They could’ve done that. Why does it always have to get to a point where we see the guns firing and his family is there and the kids are there.”

James also doubted the mental state of the cop who shot Blake. 

“You have no idea how that cop that day left the house,” he said. “You don’t know if he woke up on the good side of the bed, you don’t know if he woke up on the wrong side of the bed… or maybe he just left the house saying that, ‘Today is going to be the end for one of these Black people.’ That’s what it feels like.”

James has repeatedly championed the Black people who have been injured or killed by the police. He has called for justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT who was shot and killed when officers entered her apartment with a no-knock warrant during a drug investigation. No drugs were found, and Taylor’s family has questioned the legitimacy of the warrant.  

Source: CBS News

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