NFL Baltimore Ravens call for police arrest in Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor shootings

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Blake is likely left paralyzed, according to his family, after being punched seven times in the back by police in his vehicle last Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Her three children were in the car at the time, her lawyer Ben Crump said.

The Ravens issued a statement Thursday and began by seeking unity, but also said it was time to “accept responsibility and recognize the ramifications of slavery and racial injustice.”

“With another example of racial discrimination with the Jacob Blake shooting and the illegal abuse of peaceful protesters, we MUST unite as a society,” the team said on its website. “It is imperative that all people – regardless of race, religion, creed or creed – come together to say, ‘Enough is enough! ”

“It’s more important than sport. Racism is embedded in the fabric of our nation’s foundation and is a stain in our country’s history.

“If we are to change course and make our world a better place, we must face this problem head-on and act now to effect positive change.

“It is time to accept responsibility and recognize the ramifications of slavery and racial injustice.

“While we cannot right all the wrongs in our country’s history, we can…” the statement continued, subsequently calling for seven points of action.

Sept points d’action

The former called for the arrest and charge of the officers responsible for Taylor’s death and Blake’s shooting.

It also demands that US Senator Mitch McConnell put the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to a vote.

Floyd died aged 46 when he was pinned down by police in Minneapolis in May. An officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes.

The Ravens further want an end to qualified immunity, the use of body cameras and a ban on strangulation and no-cut warrants, in addition to demanding “a reform of the prison sentence that is just and fair”.

The NFL announced that several teams canceled practice Thursday in response to Blake’s shooting, with the Ravens canceling practice Friday to “conduct a team unification session around social justice reform.”

In a joint statement posted to Twitter along with a hashtag of Black Lives Matter, the NFL and NFL Players Association said on Thursday that it shared “the anger and frustration” of what had happened. .

“The NFL community is more united than ever to support each other in these difficult times,” the bodies said. “We share the anger and frustration, most recently following the filming of Jacob Blake.

“As our passions continue to run high, we are proud that our players and our clubs, League and Union, are taking the time to have difficult conversations about these issues that affect the Black community and other communities of color in America. .

“We are especially encouraged that these conversations are about how we can come together to make the needed and long overdue changes in our country.

“We will not only continue to use our collective platform to speak out against racism and injustice anytime and anywhere in our country, but also to fight together to eradicate it. “

Moment of silence in baseball

In Major League Baseball, the New York Mets’ home game against the Miami Marlins was one of those that was not played, but not until both teams found themselves on the field for 42 seconds of silence.

Friday marks Jackie Robinson league day. Robinson, the first great black league in 1947, was number 42. His number was retired by the MLB 50 years later, in 1997.

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