Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks in Kenosha on shooting of Jacob Blake
KENOSHA. Wis. (CBS 58) -- Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson was in Kenosha Thursday, Aug. 27, to address the shooting of Jacob Blake. He was joined by state officials, and members of local organizations like the NAACP and LULAC.
Rev. Jackson is calling for a transparent investigation into Jacob Blake’s shooting.
Jackson says there is a moral desert when it comes to these incidents-and officers need to be held accountable.
"There’s a pattern of killing Black people,” said the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
The civil rights activist was joined by local leaders in Kenosha to address the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Jackson drew parallel between Sunday’s shooting to those involving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the shootings of other Black people over the years.
"Shot in the back 7 times,” said Jackson. “In front of his children, no justification.”
At the news conference members from the NAACP, LULAC, AND THE Rainbow Push Coalition, criticized the treatment Black people face when dealing with law enforcement.
"The unfortunate and sobering reality is that Black men and women are under perpetual fear of having their lives taken from them at any given moment while engaging with police officers,” said Wendell Harris, the president of the Wisconsin NAACP.
Jackson called the peaceful arrest of 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse who is charged with killing two people a double standard.