The head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team gave an emotional response when asked about the shooting of Jacob Blake, telling reporters:
“We keep loving this country and this country doesn’t love us back.”
Doc Rivers said as a Black man he had to have conversations with his children about how to deal with police. Basketball players including LeBron James have also spoken out against the shooting of Blake in recent days.
“If you watch that video, you don’t need to be black to be outraged,” Rivers said.
“You need to be American and outraged.”
How dare the Republicans talk about fear? We’re the ones that need to be scared. We’re the ones having to talk to every Black child. What white father has to give his son a talk about being careful if you get pulled over? It’s just ridiculous.
Breonna Taylor, no charges, nothing. All we’re asking is you live up to the constitution. That’s all we’re asking, for everybody.
Rivers said the Republican convention, taking place this week, had stood out to him, because: “All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear.”
“We’re the ones getting killed. We’re the ones getting shot. We’re the ones that are denied to live in certain communities.
“We’ve been hung, we’ve been shot. All you do is keep hearing about fear. It’s amazing to me why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back.”
The FBI is working with Kenosha police to investigate the shootings last night, Kenosha News reported, as police confirmed a shooting victim was treated at the same hospital where Jacob Blake is recovering.
Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth told the local news outlet that police are “working together” with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as officials work to track down the person or people who shot three people Tuesday night.
According to Kenosha News Beth said an “outside agency’s law enforcement tactical team” picked up one person who was shot.
The other reportedly walked into Froedtert Kenosha Hospital. Jacob Blake was taken to the same hospital after he was shot by police on Sunday.
Blake is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, and his attorneys said he underwent further surgery on Tuesday, according to CBS 58.
“They say a bullet damaged Blake’s spine, he has several holes in his stomach, and multiple injuries to the rest of his body,” CBS reported.
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Pompeo accuses Chinese Communist Party of "bullying" Britain over Hong Kong
Fresh from appearing at the RNC, Reuters are reporting secretary of state Mike Pompeo embroiling himself in between UK and Chinese relations.
Pompeo said the United States was “dismayed” by British bank HSBC’s reported actions toward certain Hong Kong-related accounts, including those linked to pro-democracy publisher Next Media, and said China was “bullying” the United Kingdom.
Pompeo cited reports of Hong Kong-based executives at Next Media being unable to access their HSBC bank accounts and said the bank was “maintaining accounts for individuals who have been sanctioned for denying freedom for Hong Kongers, while shutting accounts for those seeking freedom.”
“Free nations must ensure that corporate interests are not suborned by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) to aid its political repression,” Pompeo said in a statement. “We stand ready to help the British government and its companies resist CCP bullying and stand for freedom.”
Here’s some of what we can expect on diary from the rest of the day. At the RNC, vice president Mike Pence, second lady Karen Pence, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Senators Marsha Blackburn and Joni Ernst and Kellyanne Conway are among featured speakers. Well, at least we think, having announced her White House departure, that Conway still speaks.
Donald Trump is sure to make an appearance at the RNC gain. Before that gets underway he receives his intelligence briefing at 12:15pm and has a 3 o’clock meeting billed as “with medical professionals on Covid-19”
At noon, House speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and Biden campaign national press secretary TJ Ducklo are doing a video press briefing to discuss, they tell us, the Republican convention and Trump’s failed coronavirus response.
Also with the Democrats, vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris attends a virtual “Sister to Sister: Mobilization in Action Program” roundtable in Michigan to launch nationwide voter engagement programme for Black women
And an advanced bit of warning, it has been announced that US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin will be testifying next week before the House coronavirus committee. That’s due on Tuesday.