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"These shots pierce the soul of our nation," stated Biden on Jacob Blake Shooting

"These shots pierce the soul of our nation," stated Biden on Jacob Blake Shooting

Former Vice President and Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden issued a statement on the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Monday morning. 

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

In the video posted earlier on social media that appeared to show the shooting from across a street, three officers could be seen shouting and pointing their weapons at Blake as he walked around the front of a parked SUV. As Blake opened the driver's side door and leaned inside, one officer grabbed his shirt from behind and then fired into the vehicle.

The shooting happened after 5 p.m. Sunday in the 2800-block of 40th Street when officers responded to a domestic incident, according to the Kenosha Police Department.

Seven shots could be heard on the video, though it was unclear if more than one officer fired.

"These shots pierce the soul of our nation," stated Biden. "Jill and I pray for Jacob’s recovery and for his children."

"Equal justice has not been real for Black Americans and so many others," the statement continues. "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."

 Protests have blasted in the US state of Wisconsin after police shot a black man many times while responding to what they said was a domestic incident. Hundreds of people marched on police headquarters on Sunday night. Vehicles were set on fire and protesters shouted "We won't back down".

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