Democratic Party of Brown County Statement on the Shooting of Jacob Blake

On Sunday, a police officer in Kenosha shot an unarmed man seven times in front of his children.  That alone is a tragedy for his family and a trauma his children will have to endure for the rest of their lives.  The fact he was a black man means Jacob Blake is another victim of a system that treats a black man’s life as having less value.  We join his family and community in the hope that he will recover.

We stand against excessive use of force by the police that has killed all too many in this country.  There is a sickness that is pervasive within our society that makes incidents like this all too common – and one that needs to be rooted out. 

Our party stands in solidarity with the movement across Wisconsin and nationwide to eliminate the racism that has systemically poisoned so many of our institutions.  We also support Governor Evers’ and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’ Executive Order #84.  Our Legislature needs to act before more lives are shattered or lost.