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MNPD Chief on Jacob Blake shooting: 'I am saddened and have serious concerns'

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Posted at 8:48 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 21:49:02-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Interim Chief of Police John Drake issued a statement regarding Sunday’s officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

“Like many across the country, I am saddened and have serious concerns regarding the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The video, which is all the public has to rely on presently, is troubling to me. While we await additional information, I think it important for Nashvillians to know that our police officers are trained to help resolve tense situations with a focus on ethics, values, proportionality and sanctity of human life."

Chief Drake issued the statement Wednesday, the same day three NBA playoff games were postponed due to boycotts from players demanding justice in the shooting.

The shooting has prompted a wave of peaceful protests and damaging riots in Wisconsin.