MILWAUKEE â ???? The Marquette men’s basketball team wore black uniforms in support of a black man who was shot and killed by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer after it was revealed no charges would be brought on Tuesday, and the NBA? Milwaukee Bucks said they plan to continue pushing for policy changes in law enforcement
Jacob Blake, who is black, was paralyzed after he was shot dead on August 23 by Officer Rusten Sheskey, who is white
Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley announced Tuesday that no charges would be brought as he could not disprove Sheskey’s claim that he was self-defending for fear that Blake might stab him
The Bucks â ???? who share the Fiserv Forum with Marquette about 40 miles south of Kenosha ???? Suspended a first-round playoff game in August in protest of the shootout, which resulted in the NBA postponing all games that day, and player-driven protests also resulted in postponements in the WNBA and Major League Baseball
Marquette played their scheduled game against UConn on Tuesday but said they were wearing black uniforms – in support of Jacob Blake, his family and the kenosha community in response to the announcement todayâ ????
“We are extremely disappointed with the decision regarding Jacob’s shooting and will continue to use our platform to advocate and fight for racial justice,” Marquette said in a statement to the men Basketball Program Twitter Account “This is another reminder that just because racial and social injustice hasn’t received so much attention lately, the need to fight it hasn’t gone away”â ????
The Bucks, who didn’t play Tuesday, issued a statement regarding their stance against excessive police violence without commenting specifically on Graveley’s decision
“The Bucks organization continues to stand firmly against the excessive use of force by law enforcement,” the Bucks said. The past year has shed light on the ongoing racial injustices our African American and other marginalized communities face recurring cases of overuse Violence and immediate escalation in the involvement of the black community must stop
â ???? We will continue to work to make policy changes so that these incidents will no longer exist. As an organization, we continue to be committed to addressing issues of social injustice and anti-racism and to making meaningful changes for African Americans and all marginalized members of our communityâ ????
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James appeared to be referring to the verdict on social media after rapper and activist Common tweeted the quote “An unjust law is no law at all” James retweeted it and added, “Anyway !!!” ????
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