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You're listening to Comedy Central now after the George Floyd protests, which swept not only the US but many countries around the world, there was definitely a sense that this could be the moment of systemic change. Cops marched with protesters, city councils discussed alternatives to police, and most importantly, pancake syrup became a joke. But as we've been reminded of yet again, there were still a long way to go.
Disturbing video throwing a city into turmoil. A black man walking away from police shot repeatedly while reaching into his car. Kenosha, Wisconsin, police responding to a domestic incident at about five o'clock Sunday evening.
At least two officers with their guns drawn followed him as he walked around the front of his gray SUV.
Then at least seven shots. Lakes family now says the twenty nine year old spinal cord is severed and that he's paralyzed from the waist down, though doctors aren't sure it's permanent. His family is now demanding the officers involved in Sunday's shooting captured on the cell phone video be fired. And the one who shot Blake in the back be arrested.
No matter how many times I watch these videos, I'll never get used to how quickly police go from issuing commands to using deadly force, like whatever happened to warning shots or tackling a suspect.
Like we really meant to believe that the only two options a cop has is do nothing or shoot somebody in the back seven times. That's all we have. I mean, think about it. Even when wild animals are loose on the streets, they don't always shoot to kill. They have tranquilizers, they have nets. I never thought I would wish for black people to be treated at least like a wild bear. But here we are. And I know people are questioning why Blake didn't just follow the police's orders.
Just listen to the cops and you'll be fine. And look, I don't know why he didn't I don't know. Maybe he was worried because he had outstanding warrants. Maybe it's because he knows what happened to Judge Floyd when he did follow the police's orders. Maybe he just wanted to get his sunglasses.
It doesn't matter to the police because they jumped straight to this black man is going to try kill us if we don't kill him first, like let's say for argument's sake, that they shot Jacob Blake to stop him from reaching his car. And let's ignore for a second.
But that's a terrible, inhumane way to stop somebody from reaching into their car. They shot him seven times. What purpose? Two bullets, two, three, four, five, six and seven serve. Either way, Blake's moved toward his car, made them see him as a threat, but as his sister reminded us, they forgot to also see him as a human being.
I am my brother's keeper. And when you say the name Jacob Blake, make sure you say father. Make sure you say cousin. Make sure you say son. Make sure you say uncle. And most importantly, make sure you say human human life. Let it marinate in your mouth, in your minds, a human life. So many people have reached out to me telling me they're sorry that this happened to my family. Well, don't be sorry, because this is going to happen to my family for a long time, longer than I can account for.
It happened to me to give it to my family for Landow, Mike Brown. Sandra, this has been happening to my family and I've shed tears for every single one of these people that has happened to me. This is nothing new. I'm not sad. I'm not sorry. I'm angry and I'm tired. I haven't cried one time. I stopped crying years ago. I am numb. I have been watching police murder people that look like me for years.
I'm not sad. I don't want your pity.
I want change was a powerful words. Those are words filled with pain. And it only makes sense that Jacob's sister is angry because not only have black people been mistreated for generations by the police, but because there's almost never any police accountability. These incidents remain an open wound and the pain and the anger just builds and builds with no closure or relief. Black people are tired of hearing I'm sorry, and then nothing happening because essentially what they really hearing is I'm sorry this is happening and I'm sorry that it's going to happen again.
And it's because of the frustration and anger and pain that once again people took to the streets to express their rage, outrage igniting in Kenosha, a city on fire, rioters smashing traffic lights, storming businesses, looting, torching buildings and cars carrying one.
We have multiple cars on fire as demonstrators faced off with police attentions, quickly escalating authorities, pepper spraying civilians. The entire site, as you can see, still smoldering. And firefighters are still running around town dealing with several sites just like this one. The governor deployed one hundred twenty five members of the National Guard here yesterday to help as those peaceful protests during the day turned destructive after the eight p.m. curfew.
Yes, for three days. Now, the streets of Kenosha have been ablaze. And although there have been peaceful protests, I mean, that inevitably gets overshadowed when there's so much civil unrest. So once again, the pattern repeats itself. An unarmed black person is shot by the cops. In response, people go into the streets, more law enforcement is sent in and the chaos only continues to grow. I could tell you the story with my eyes closed by now.
Like, if I wanted to, I could prerecord five of these segments, go on vacation, and you'd probably never know. And in this situation, just when you thought things couldn't get any worse last night, it did. Breaking news, a very dangerous situation in Wisconsin. Two people are dead in clashes that may have involved armed vigilantes, people who may have moved into that city to counter the protests following the police shooting of Jacob Lake.
The sheriff used the word militia to describe some of the people who may have been involved in last night's shooting.
We've just learned that a 17 year old has been charged with first degree murder and at least one of those killings last night.
And we now have seen some social media media video of a man with a long gun strapped across his chest, running down the street or walking down the street and being chased by people who are yelling, he's shooting. He shot someone. The man trips, falls on his own. People still try to come and apprehend him and get him. He then fires again at point blank range at two more people, and then the man continues to walk down the street.
He is a white man with a huge gun strapped across his chest with his hands up. As you see, police vehicles, not one, not two, but three vehicles who are coming towards him. He has his hands up with his gun. People are yelling, he shot someone, he shot someone, and police pass him by. There are a lot of questions here as to why he wasn't apprehended at that time.
That's right. Last night's some guy decided to drive to Kenosha with his militia buddies to protect a business and apparently ended up shooting three people and killing two. But don't worry, the business is OK. And let me tell you something, no one drives into a city with guns because they love someone else's business that much, that's some bullshit no one has ever thought, oh, it's my solemn duty to pick up a rifle and protect that TJ Max. They do it because they're hoping to shoot someone.
That's the only reason people like him join these gangs in the first place. And yes, I said it, a gang enough with this militia bullshit. This isn't the Battle of Yorktown. It's a bunch of dudes threatening people with guns.
And what would happen with those shootings last night is tragic, what happened afterwards is illuminating. Because it made me wonder it really made me wonder why some people get shot seven times in the back while other people are treated like human beings and reasoned with and taken into custody with no bullets in their bodies. How come Jacob Blake was seen as a deadly threat for a theoretical gun that he might have and might try to commit a crime with, but this gunman who was armed and had already shot people who had shown that he is a threat, was arrested the next day, given full due process of the law and generally treated like a human being whose life, Mrs.
. How to do a roof shoot up a church, James Holmes, shoot up a movie theater and both live to tell about it. Why is it that the police decide that some threats must be extinguished immediately while other threats get the privilege of being diffused?
I'm asking these questions, but I feel like we know the answer. The answer is that the gun doesn't matter as much as who is holding the gun, because to some people, black skin is the most threatening weapon of all. The Daily Show with Criminal Lawyers edition once The Daily Show weeknights at 11:00, 10:00 Central on Comedy Central and the Comedy Central Watch full episodes and videos at The Daily Show Dotcom. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to The Daily Show on YouTube for exclusive content and more.
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