LEBRON James has said that “black people in America are scared” after the shooting of Jacob Blake.
The NBA legend admitted his “emotions are all over the place” after Blake, an unarmed black man, was shot seven times in the back by a white cop as he entered his car in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday.
A video circulating on social media shows Blake walking towards a car followed by two officers, and one of them shooting him as he opens the car door.
His fiancée, Laquisha Booker, said that their three children were all in the back of the truck at time.
Demonstrations erupted after Blake's three son's saw their dad being shot as police responded to a domestic dispute he wasn't involved in.
Lebron James, a passionate supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, said he had seen the footage of the incident after playing in the Lakers’ win against the Portland Trail Blazers.
He claimed that the spate of shootings and killings of unarmed black people at the hands of police had left black people in America “scared”.
'WE ARE TERRIFIED'
The NBA star told reporters: “I know people get tired of hearing me say it but we are scared as Black people in America.
“Black men, Black women, Black kids, we are terrified. Because you don't know, you have no idea.
“You have no idea how that cop that day left the house. You don't know if he woke up on the good side of the bed, you don't know if he woke up on the wrong side of the bed”.
The kids are there. It's in broad daylight … It's just, quite frankly, it's just f***** up in our community
James also accused the cop for using heavy-handed tactics on Blake – and claimed he could have just detained him peacefully.
He continued: “If you're sitting here telling me that there was no way to subdue that gentleman, or detain him, or before the firing of guns, then you're sitting here, you're lying to not only me, you're lying to every African American, every Black person in the community because we see it over and over and over.
"If you watch the video, there (were) multiple moments where if they wanted to they could have tackled him, they could have grabbed him.
“They could have done that. Why does it always have to get to a point where we see the guns firing?”
An emotional Lebron added: "And his family is there. The kids are there. It's in broad daylight … It's just, quite frankly, it's just f***** up in our community.”
Jacob Blake came out of surgery yesterday after being rushed to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee following the shooting, where he remains in ICU.
According to Blake’s father, there are “eight holes” in his son’s body and he is paralysed from the waist down, the Chicago Sun Times reports.
Doctors do not yet know whether his injuries are permanent – and his father is now making the journey from Charlotte, North Carolina to be with him in hospital.
In an emotional video posted to his Instagram Stories, his dad Jacob Blake (Sr) said nothing "[justifies] shooting my son in the back eight times" as other family members spoke out.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
A state of emergency was declared in Kenosha County after Blake was gunned down on Sunday evening.
Huge protests erupted in the city in the wake of the shooting, with anger spilling into the streets of Kenosha for a second night on Monday.
Police again fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters who defied a curfew, threw bottles and shot fireworks at law enforcement guarding the courthouse.
Kenosha County was forced to close the The Kenosha County Courthouse and Administration Building "due to damage sustained during last night's civil unrest."
The building was also spray painted during the violent clash.
Police in the former auto manufacturing center of Kenosha said they were responding to a call about a domestic dispute when they encountered Blake on Sunday.
They did not say whether Blake was armed or why police opened fire, they released no details on the dispute.
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