On Monday, the Milwaukee Bucks and Green Bay Packers released a statement regarding the recent shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old unarmed Black man who was shot multiple times by Kenosha, Wis. police over the weekend as he opened the door of a parked vehicle.
“The Bucks organization is praying for the recovery of Jacob Blake, who was shot multiple times in the back by a police officer at point blank range in Kenosha, Wisconsin yesterday. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.
“We stand firmly against reoccurring issues of excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging the black community.
“Our organization will continue to stand for all black lives as we demand accountability and systemic change on behalf of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sylville Smith, Ernest Lacy, Dontre Hamilton, Tony Robinson, Joel Acevedo and countless other victims. We will work to enact policy change so these incidents no longer exist.”
The Green Bay Packers:
“The Packers organization was shocked to see the video that showed police shooting Jacob Blake multiple times in the back,” the Packers organization said in a statement posted to its website. “We are hopeful Jacob makes a full recovery, and our thoughts are with his family.”
According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s statement early Monday morning, Blake was in “serious condition” in a Milwaukee hospital.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, according to the state DOJ’s statement.