Biden calls for immediate probe into police shooting of Jacob Blake

Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCensus results show White House doubling down on failure Poll: Americans back new spending, tax hikes on wealthy, but remain wary of economic impact True immigration reform requires compromise from both sides of the aisle MORE called for an immediate investigation into the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot in the back by police in Wisconsin, triggering violence in the state.

Blake is now in the hospital being treated. Video captures a part of the incident and has circulated widely.

"Yesterday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back as police attempted to restrain him from getting into his car," Biden said in the statement.


“His children watched from inside the car and bystanders watched in disbelief. And this morning, the nation wakes up yet again with grief and outrage that yet another Black American is a victim of excessive force. This calls for an immediate, full and transparent investigation and the officers must be held accountable.”

The former vice president also said he and his wife, Jill Biden, are praying for Blake’s recovery and praying for his children. 

He also called for the U.S. to dismantle systematic racism in his statement. 

“Equal justice has not been real for Black Americans and so many others. We are at an inflection point. We must dismantle systemic racism. It is the urgent task before us. We must fight to honor the ideals laid in the original American promise, which we are yet to attain: That all men and women are created equal, but more importantly that they must be treated equally,” Biden said. 

Protests erupted in Kenosha, Wis., on Sunday night after video surfaced of the shooting. 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice said in a statement that Blake was transported to a hospital in Milwaukee, where he is in serious condition. The department also said it is investigating the shooting. 

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