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  • After the George Floyd protests, which swept, not only the U.S.,

  • but many countries around the world,

  • there was definitely a sense that this could be the moment

  • of systemic change.

  • Cops marched with protesters.

  • City councils discussed alternatives to police.

  • And most importantly, pancake syrup become woke.

  • But as we've been reminded of yet again,

  • there is still a long way to go.

  • NEWSMAN: Disturbing video throwing a city into turmoil.

  • A Black man walking away from police

  • shot repeatedly while reaching into his car.

  • Kenosha, Wisconsin, police

  • responding to a domestic incident

  • at about 5:00 Sunday evening.

  • At least two officers with their guns drawn followed him

  • as he walked around the front of his gray SUV.

  • Then at least seven shots.

  • Blake's family now says the 29-year-old's spinal cord

  • is severed, and that he's paralyzed from the waist down,

  • though doctors aren't sure it's permanent.

  • His family is now demanding

  • the officers involved in Sunday's shooting,

  • captured on this cell phone video, be fired,

  • and the one who shot Blake in the back be arrested.

  • No matter how many times I watch these videos,

  • I'll never get used to how quickly police

  • go from issuing commands to using deadly force.

  • Like, whatever happened to warning shots?

  • Or tackling a suspect.

  • Like, are we really meant to believe

  • that the only two options a cop has is do nothing,

  • or shoot somebody in the back seven times?

  • That's all we have?

  • I mean, think about it, even when wild animals

  • are loose on the streets, they don't always shoot to kill.

  • They have tranquilizers. They have nets.

  • I never thought I would wish for Black people

  • to be treated at least like a wild bear,

  • but here we are.

  • And I know people are questioning

  • why Blake didn't just follow the police's orders.

  • "Just listen to the cops, and you'll be fine."

  • And look, I don't know why he didn't.

  • I don't. All right?

  • Maybe he was worried because he had outstanding warrants.

  • Maybe it's because he knows what happened to George Floyd

  • when he did follow the police's orders.

  • Maybe he just wanted to get his sunglasses.

  • It doesn't matter to the police,

  • because they jumped straight to:

  • "This Black man is gonna try to kill us

  • if we don't kill him first."

  • Like, let's say for argument's sake

  • that they shot Jacob Blake to stop him from reaching his car.

  • And let's ignore for a second that that's a (bleep) up,

  • terrible, inhumane way to stop somebody

  • from reaching into their car.

  • They shot him seven times.

  • What purpose do bullets two, three, four, five, six

  • and seven serve?

  • Either way, Blake's move toward his car

  • made them see him as a threat.

  • But as his sister reminded us, they forgot to also see him

  • as a human being.

  • I am... my brother's keeper.

  • And when you say the name Jacob Blake,

  • make sure you say "father," make sure you say "cousin,"

  • -MAN: Mm-hmm. -make sure you say "son,"

  • make sure you say "uncle,"

  • but most importantly, make sure you say "human."

  • WOMAN: Thank you.

  • Human life.

  • Let it marinate in your mouth, in your minds.

  • A human life.

  • So many people have reached out to me,

  • telling me they're sorry that this happened to my family.

  • Well, don't be sorry,

  • 'cause this has been happening to my family for a long time.

  • Longer than I can account for.

  • MAN: Mm.

  • It happened to Emmett Till.

  • Emmett Till is my family.

  • Philando, Mike Brown, Sandra.

  • This has been happening to my family,

  • and I've shed tears

  • for every single one of these people

  • that it's happened to.

  • This is nothing new.

  • I'm not sad. I'm not sorry.

  • I'm angry.

  • And I'm tired.

  • I haven't cried one time.

  • I stopped crying years ago.

  • I am numb.

  • I have been watching police

  • murder people that look like me for years.

  • I'm not sad. I don't want your pity.

  • I want change.

  • Those are powerful words.

  • Those are words filled with pain,

  • and it only makes sense

  • that Jacob's sister is angry.

  • Because not only have black people

  • been mistreated for generations by the police

  • but because there's almost never any police accountability.

  • These incidents remain an open wound,

  • and the pain and the anger just builds and builds

  • with no closure or relief.

  • Black people are tired of hearing "I'm sorry"

  • and then nothing happening.

  • Because essentially, what they're really hearing is,

  • "I'm sorry this is happening,

  • and I'm sorry that it's going to happen again."

  • And it's because of that frustration and anger and pain

  • that once again, people took to the streets

  • to express their rage.

  • NEWSMAN: Outrage igniting in Kenosha,

  • a city on fire.

  • Rioters smashing traffic lights,

  • storming businesses, looting,

  • torching buildings and cars.

  • (indistinct chatter)

  • MAN: From battalion one, we have multiple cars on fire.

  • NEWSMAN: As demonstrators faced off with police,

  • tensions quickly escalating.

  • Authorities pepper spraying civilians.

  • The entire site, as you can see, uh, still smoldering.

  • And firefighters are still running around town

  • dealing with several sites just like this one.

  • The governor deployed 125 members

  • of the National Guard here yesterday to help

  • as those peaceful protests during the day

  • turned destructive after the 8:00 p.m. curfew.

  • Yes, for three days now,

  • the streets of Kenosha have been ablaze.

  • And although there have been peaceful protests,

  • I mean, that inevitably gets overshadowed

  • when there is so much civil unrest.

  • So, once again, the pattern repeats itself.

  • An unarmed black person is shot by the cops.

  • In response, people go into the street.

  • More law enforcement is sent in,

  • and the chaos only continues to grow.

  • I could tell you this story with my eyes closed by now.

  • Like, if I wanted to, I could prerecord

  • five of these segments, go on vacation,

  • and you'd probably never know.

  • And in this situation, just when you thought

  • things couldn't get any worse, last night, it did.

  • Breaking news. A very dangerous situation in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

  • Two people are dead

  • in clashes that may have involved armed vigilantes.

  • People may have moved in to that city

  • to counter the protests

  • following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

  • NEWSWOMAN: The sheriff used the word "militia"

  • to describe some of the people

  • who may have been involved in last night's shooting.

  • We've just learned that a 17-year-old

  • has been charged with first-degree murder

  • in at least one of those killings last night.

  • And we now have seen some social video... media video

  • of a man with a long gun strapped across his chest

  • running down the street or walking down the street

  • and being chased by people who are yelling,

  • "He's shooting. He shot someone."

  • The man trips, falls on his own.

  • People still try to come a-and apprehend him and get him.

  • He then fires again

  • at point-blank range at two more people,

  • and then the man continues to walk down the street.

  • He is a white man with a huge gun

  • strapped across his chest with his hands up.

  • As you see, police vehicles-- not one, not two

  • but three vehicles who are coming towards him.

  • He has his hands up with his gun,

  • people are yelling, "He shot someone,

  • he shot someone," and police pass him by.

  • They are a lot of questions here

  • as to why he wasn't apprehended at that time.

  • That's right. Last night,

  • some guy decided to drive to Kenosha

  • with his militia buddies to "protect a business"

  • and apparently ended up shooting three people and killing two.

  • But don't worry, the business is okay.

  • And let me tell you something.

  • No one drives into a city with guns

  • because they love someone else's business that much.

  • That's some bullshit.

  • No one has ever thought, "Oh, it's my solemn duty

  • to pick up a rifle and protect that T.J.Maxx."

  • They do it because they're hoping to shoot someone.

  • That's the only reason people like him

  • join these gangs in the first place.

  • And yes, I said it, a gang.

  • Enough with this "militia" bullshit.

  • This isn't the Battle of Yorktown.

  • It's a bunch of dudes threatening people with guns.

  • And while what happened

  • with those shootings last night is tragic,

  • what happened afterwards is illuminating.

  • Because it made me wonder, it really made me wonder

  • why some people get shot seven times in the back

  • while other people are treated like human beings

  • and reasoned with and taken into custody

  • with no bullets in their bodies.

  • How come Jacob Blake was seen as a deadly threat

  • for a theoretical gun that he might have

  • and might try to commit a crime with,

  • but this gunman who was armed and had already shot people,

  • who had shown that he is a threat

  • was arrested the next day,

  • given full due process of the law

  • and generally treated like a human being whose life matters?

  • How did Dylann Roof shoot up a church,

  • James Holmes shoot up a movie theater

  • and both live to tell about it?

  • Why is it that the police decide

  • that some threats must be extinguished immediately

  • while other threats get the privilege of being defused?

  • I'm asking these as questions,

  • but I feel like we know the answer.

  • The answer is that the gun

  • doesn't matter as much as who is holding the gun.

  • Because for some people,

  • black skin is the most threatening weapon of all.

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