Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was the latest professional sports figure to speak about Jacob Blake, who was shot dead in Wisconsin by police over the weekend.
Rivers opened up about Blake and racism in the United States after the Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks in their playoff game on Tuesday night.
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“It’s so sad. What sets me apart is just looking at the Republican convention, seeing this fear. All you hear is Donald Trump and they’re all talking about fear, ”Rivers said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“We are the ones who get killed. We are the ones who get shot. We are the ones who are refused to live in certain communities. We were hanged. We were shot. All you do is keep hearing about the fear. It’s amazing why we continue to love this country, and this country doesn’t love us back. It’s truly sad. Like, I should just be a coach. I remember my color so often. It’s truly sad. We must do better. But we must demand better.
Rivers said police tactics needed to change.
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“It’s funny, we are protesting. They send riot guards. They send people in riot gear. They’re going to Michigan with guns. They spit on the cops. Nothing is happening. Training needs to change in the police. The unions must be demolished in the police. My father was a cop. I believe in good cops. We’re not trying to defund the police and take all of their money away. We try to get them to protect us, just like they protect everyone. I didn’t want to talk about it before the game because it’s so hard, like, to keep watching it.
He added, “This video, if you watch this video, you don’t have to be black to be outraged. You must be American and outraged. How Republicans dare to speak out of fear. We are the ones who need to be afraid. We are the ones who need to talk to all black children. What white dad should talk to his son about being careful if you get arrested? It’s just ridiculous. It just continues. There is no charge. Breonna Taylor, no fees, nothing. All we ask is that you respect the Constitution. That’s all we ask for everyone, for everyone. Thank you. ”
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Blake was shot and wounded by a Kenosha policeman on Sunday. The cellphone video of Blake being shot multiple times in the back sparked outrage and made the city the latest flashpoint in a summer filled with ongoing protests against police brutality that has at times turned violent.