‘What I saw on that video makes me sick’: Biden issues statement on police shooting of Jacob Blake

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden issued a statement via Twitter on Wednesday about the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

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JOE BIDEN: What I saw in that video makes me sick. Once again, a black man, Jacob Blake, has been shot by the police in broad daylight with the whole world watching. You know, I spoke to Jacob's mom and dad, sister, and other members of the family just a little bit earlier, and I told them, justice must and will be done. You know, our hearts are with his family, especially his children. It's horrible what they saw, watching their father get shot. Like Gianna Floyd, they're asking, why? Why daddy?

Put yourself in the shoes of every black father and black mother in this country and ask, is this what we want America to be? Is this the country we should be? You know, as I said after George Floyd's murder, protesting brutality is a right and absolutely necessary. But burning down communities is not protest, it's needless violence, violence that endangers lives, violence that guts businesses and shutters businesses that serve the community. That's wrong.

In the midst of this pain, the wisest words that I've heard spoken so far have come from Julia Jackson, Jacob's mother. She looked at the damage done in her community, and she said this, quote, "This doesn't reflect my son or my family." So let's unite and heal, do justice, end the violence, and end systemic racism in this country now.