Shaun King, the Black Lives Matter activist, posted a threat on social media that if the Kenosha Police Department does not release the name of the officer who shot Jacob Blake last weekend his group will just begin identifying every cop on the force.
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“F—k it,” he wrote. “Your protection of his identity is unethical. What’s his name?”
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The New York Post reported that King named an officer from the department and said he was in “protective custody in a hotel because people thought he shot Jacob Blake.” The paper pointed out that King did not provide any evidence in the post.
Identifying the officers is seen by many as a signal to agitators to find out where these officers live and threaten their safety. There have been instances in cities like Seattle where protesters assembled outside the home of the city’s mayor, Jenny Durkan, due to her stance on defunding the police.
King seemed to use his Twitter account to stoke anger in the black community. He posted a tweet from S. Lee Merritt, who identified himself as a civil rights attorney. Merritt posted an image of himself confronting a police officer in Louisville, and said, “Last night I looked Louisville Metro Police in their eyes as we waited for the release of our brothers and sisters. Evil looked back at me. I realized they were enjoying themselves. Like it or not—we are at war.”
Blake was shot and reportedly paralyzed last weekend during a confrontation with police officers that was caught on video. Protesters claimed that the video is just the latest example of police brutality, while others point out that Blake did not adhere to commands from police.
King, who recently called to tear down white Jesus statues, told his followers that he has guards outside his home “because we caught police literally plotting to kill me.”
“So yeah. I’m not the one for finding ways to feel sorry for police departments after they murder and maim Black folk. The whole system is corrupt. ALL OF IT,” he said.
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Kenosha saw its most violent night yet on Tuesday, which led to two protesters being fatally shot. King retweeted LeBron James who tweeted in caps, “F—K THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT.”
One of the criticisms of the Black Lives Matter movement is that its followers call for “change” but fail to specify what exactly they want to see done. The calls vary from disbanding entire police departments and reparations.