Bears release statement on Jacob Blake shooting

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The Chicago Bears released a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI last Sunday.

In addition, Charles Leno Jr. shared his individual thoughts on the shooting.

Jacob Blake was shot in the back several times by police as he was trying to get into his car, while reports say three of his children sat in the car and watched. Police were initially called to the scene for a domestic disturbance, and reports say Blake was trying to break up a fight between two women when the officers arrived.

Now, Blake’s family says he is paralyzed from the waist down.

Yesterday, the Detroit Lions canceled their practice to hold an hours-long team discussion on the shooting. In the discussion they decided to use their platform to affect social change.

The Bears have a long history of fighting for social justice in the NFL, as well. In Sept. 2018, they became the first team to maximize the NFL’s donation match program to fight social injustice, with a donation of over $500,000. By November, that number grew to over $800,000.

In June, after George Floyd’s killing, the Bears joined players from other teams across Chicago to buy a liquor store in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago and turn it into a grocery store. They decided on that action after going through the neighborhood and counting 10 liquor stores, but only one grocery store. Just last week, Austin Harvest, the fruits of their labors, went through its soft opening.