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Baltimore Ravens call for arrest of officers in Jacob Blake case

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The Baltimore Ravens in a statement Thursday demanded the arrests of the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor in March, as well as those involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday.

“With yet another example of racial discrimination with the shooting of Jacob Blake, and the unlawful abuse of peaceful protesters, we MUST unify as a society. It is imperative that all people — regardless of race, religion, creed or belief — come together to say, ‘Enough is enough!'” the NFL team said.

“This is bigger than sports,” they continued. “Racism is embedded in the fabric of our nation’s foundation and is a blemish on 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 enact positive change.”

The team also implored Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to the Senate floor for vote, calling for a ban on chokeholds and no-knock warrants, an end for qualified immunity and other police reforms.

Floyd, a Black man, was killed by Minneapolis police in late May. Taylor, a Black woman, was shot and killed by Louisville, Ky., police in her own home back in March.

Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot in the back seven times by Kenosha, Wis., police on Sunday, reigniting protests that have endured since Floyd’s death.

The bold words came after after a string of walk-offs and postponements in the sports world over Blake’s shooting that began when the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play their playoff game against the Orlando Magic Wednesday afternoon. Their protest led to the NBA postponing all of their playoff games until the weekend. 

Other American sports leagues, including the WNBA and MLB, also postponed games, though not all professional baseball games were halted.

Several NFL teams canceled team activities in a show of solidarity. The Ravens tweeted early Friday that their team activities planned for the day were also canceled.

“We have cancelled this morning’s scheduled practice in order to perform a team unifying session surrounding social justice reform,” the team said. 

Tags Baltimore Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens Black Lives Matter Breonna Taylor deaths in police custody George Floyd Jacob Blake Jacob Blake shooting Maryland Mitch McConnell NFL police brutality police reform Police shootings

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