Friday, August 28, 2020

How many times did the white police officer need to shoot Jacob Blake in the back? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7?

This white former Birmingham, Alabama practicing attorney joined a Facebook discussion of Alabama whites who don't like some pro basketball teams going on strike over Jacob Blake being shot seven times in the back by a white police officer.
Jim Bushnell
August 27, 2020
Professional sports is simply entertainment. If they don’t play, they don’t get paid. If all those entertainment venues are shut down in protest, what will happen? Maybe other venues will open? Who is more important, the paid player or the customer?
  • Charles B. Bernhard III Done with them
  • Mitchell Hobart Damsky I’m through with all of it, but lacrosse. If they make that impure, I’ll quit watching that! I’m through with professional sports because it’s not professional!
  • Jack Cabral I agree 100%
  • Jim Dent Someone being interviewed on CNN contended professional sports were a gift to society by the players. A gift. When did they start playing for free?
  • Morris Middleton The NBA has betrayed us 
  • Jim Bushnell We are all replaceable, even sports stars.😎
  • Wallace Bromberg Jr Covid has shut down entertainment venues. Concerts are cancelled, and the entire industry is in shambles. The NBA, NFL, etc have been able to tap into huge corporate and government funding. Not so for the band playing gigs in bars and small venues.

    These spoiled brats who think themselves so important are getting ready to have a reality check.
    • Jim Bushnell Wallace Bromberg Jr
      Pro Dart competition?
    • Sloan Bashinsky Maybe the reality check also visits you, Wallace, and everybody who likes to watch those highly skilled athletes compete, and everyone who depends on them competing, to make a living?
  • Susan Murray After all the crazy stuff that has happened, I could not care less if I ever saw another game in my life.
  • Stanley E. Weir If they think the public gives a crap about the athlete’s opinion, they are wrong! Play or go to work at Micky D’s.
  • Anne Terry Johnson I hate pro sports. Think I always have.
    • Carol Culp Anne Terry Johnson We are all waiting to see if we will have college football: our true love!!!!!
    • Sloan Bashinsky Besides the inconvenience of just one team in, say, the SEC, having Covid-19 infections and having to cancel a game or two, or the opposing team(s) cancel, college presidents, who, not the Southeastern Conference, make the call whether or not their school will have a fall football season, are concerned about Covid-19 spreading in their school, and they are terrified of their school being sued by players or parents of players who catch and are damaged by Covid-19. There are players on SEC teams, who have existing conditions that put them in the high risk category for Covid-19.. Parents and players do not waive, and cannot be made to waive, right to sue the school if the player catches and is injured by Covid-19.
  • Sloan Bashinsky No players, no customers
  • Elizabeth Gerhart Thompson It’s devastating for the entire sports broadcast production industry. Producers, directors, graphics, stats, camera ops, audio, stage managers, etc... these folks are all independent contractors. Without live sports, there’s nothing for them do broadcast. We didn’t have work from March to the end of July. Hubs has been gone all but about 10 days this month with baseball and racing, but he hasn’t gotten a call about his usual football schedule. If this Covid nonsense wasn’t bad enough... now a bunch of overpaid social justice warriors are protesting over a guy getting shot for breaking the law?
  • Aubrey Garrison III Not playing even eliminates their China market.
  • Sloan Bashinsky Excerpts from article in my Apple news feed this morning:

    Eyewitnesses said that Blake had broken up a fight between two women when police arrived. According to the DOJ, officers were dispatched to the residential neighborhood "after a female caller reported that her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be on the premises." The release did not state who the woman or her boyfriend were.

    Then, according to the DOJ, "During the incident, officers attempted to arrest" Blake and used a Taser on him, but the Taser "was not successful." Blake then walked around to the driver's side of his vehicle, inside which three of his children were sitting, and opened the door and lean forward.

    At this point, video shows that Sheskey was holding Blake's shirt. Sheskey then fired his gun seven times into Blake's back; his family says he is now paralyzed from the waist down and that the damage could be permanent.

    No other officers used their firearms, according to the DOJ, and there is no body camera footage available because Kenosha does not have body cameras.

    The DOJ said that Blake "admitted" to investigators "that he had a knife in his possession" when the shooting occurred, and no other weapons were found in the vehicle.


    Some former Birmingham practicing attorney thoughts:

    What kind of police department today does not require its officers to wear and activate body cameras during an intervention, arrest, chase?

    Since when are police allowed to use deadly force and shoot a perhaps suspect to a physical altercation seven times in the back?

    The right hates professional athletes kneeling during the national anthem to protest this very sort of incident;involving blacks. Such incidents continued. The professional athletes went on strike, Makes perfect sense to this white guy.
    Department of Justice releases initial findings in Jacob Blake investigation
    Department of Justice releases initial findings in Jacob Blake investigation
    Department of Justice releases initial findings in Jacob Blake investigation
    • Aubrey Garrison III was there not a knife i the car that he was reaching for? Thought I saw that in a police release.
    • Sloan Bashinsky Also from same article:
      KENOSHA — According to an initial release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice's investigation into Sunday's shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha Police officer, the DOJ says that Blake did have a knife in his possession (as
       had been rumored after millions viewed a cell phone recording of the shooting) but also did not say whether Blake was the reason officers were called to the 2800 block of 40th Street.

      Investigators recovered the knife from the floor of Blake's vehicle, according to the DOJ.

      The DOJ said that Blake "admitted" to investigators "that he had a knife in his possession" when the shooting occurred, and no other weapons were found in the vehicle.
    • Sloan Bashinsky However this is spun by the right and by the left, how many times did the officer have to fire his gun to subdue Blake who apparently had done a good deed by breaking up a fight and was with his children who got to see their father shot 7 times in the back. If white folks think they are going to win that argument in God's Courtroom, they might wish to call their white attorneys and ask them what they think about the shooting.

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