Another African American man has been unjustifiably shot—in the back, no less—by a white police officer.  Another round of violent protests by enraged citizens has erupted as a consequence. Another plea for peaceful demonstrations has been issued. Another state of emergency has been declared. Another contingent of the National Guard has been deployed.

Three months after the unwarranted killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, the Black Lives Matter movement has a new flashpoint.  As with Floyd, were it not for footage shot by an alert bystander we may never have known what happened to Jacob Blake, Jr.  In this case, the video shows Blake walking around and trying to get into his car before a police officer grabs him by the shirt and shoots him at point blank range multiple times in his back.  In the car were Blake’s three children, one of whom was celebrating a birthday that very day.  At this moment Blake is hospitalized in critical condition, his family reportedly saying that he is paralyzed from the waist down.
People of conscience must unite in condemning this latest act of questionable police conduct that took place in broad daylight.  When will these senseless encounters that are prone to go awry cease?  The indiscriminate shootings of African American men by law enforcement is anything but sporadic or isolated.  They are atrocities that illustrate that black men are undervalued in the United States of America and that, at the very least, law enforcement needs training in how to deescalate tense situations. 
Kenosha, Wisconsin, is within the territory of the Lake Region Conference and we cannot be silent in the face of the travesty that took place there a few days ago.  We bemoan the unjustifiable shooting of Jacob Blake, Jr., and we join voices with those crying out for justice.  Our prayers are ascending on behalf of Jacob Blake, Jr., whose life has been irreversibly altered.  We resonate with the sentiments of his mother, who has decried the violent demonstrations and has appealed for peaceful protests that respect life and property.  We pray for Blake’s children, who may be emotionally scarred for life as a result of witnessing firsthand the near slaughter of their father at the hands of police.  We commit to eradicating every ideology that divides or demeans, and every practice that decimates or destroys.
The call of Scripture is that God’s people pursue justice and respect all life (Micah 6:8; Gen. 1:26).  Now, more than ever, is the time for us to answer that call.  The blood of Jacob Blake, Jr. and countless other African Americans demand that we embrace that call.
Dr. R. Clifford Jones


  1. KAVE CARR says:

    As an regional organization, a simple statement is not enough. What is LRC going to do to reflect its disgust with the current climate? What action is LRC planning on taking in addressing this issue?

  2. Stan Culp says:

    Dr. Jones,

    I can appreciate your concern over the shooting of a black man by police. However, you need to know all the facts before you pass judgement. You, like most everyone else, has not done the research to backup your claims. Do you have any idea how many whites are shot by police every years as compared to blacks? And where is your cry against all the black on black crime in Chicago every week? Is not Chicago in your back yard? And you mention the Black Lives Matter organization. Do you have any idea what they represent? Go to their website and see their purpose statement. Their cause is far more dangerous than a shooting of a black man by white police. You should be ashamed to even mention their name. Prayers for Jacob Blake? Where are your prayers for Sincere Gaston? Lena Nunez? Amaria Jones? Do you even know who they are? Yet you play right into the hands of those who are not really concerned about the George Floyd or Jacob Blake killing. They are just using that to promote their agenda. Do you homework and research on who shoots who how often by who every year in the US. Then you will know how wrong you are in promoting one or two shootings over the bigger picture. Do I pray for them and all victims? Of course I do. But God set up government to execute His judgements and we are to obey. Had George and Jacob stayed clear of breaking the law in the first place, none of this would have happened.

    • Davetta says:

      I do agree that we need to confront the growing crimes within the black community before we past judgement. Growing up In Detroit I witnessed countless of crimes within my own neighborhood. Even against my family; Even
      against me. No one was concerned about the robberies, the drug dealers, alcoholism etc. that continues to this day. I remember being at the bus stop when my grandma was robbed by 5 young black men. No one came to her rescue. Or my cousin who was murdered and her body was cut into pieces by a black man. No one called for justice. God says if my people who are called by my name would humble themselves and pray. We need to realize these are the last days. If we study His word we know about certain occurrences and should not be surprised. He is the one to provide justice and does not look at one race. All of our lives matter in the sight of God. We need to pray for peace which will never occur until Christ returns, but we need to educate our children no matter what race that all lives matter and that violence and hate has no place in Heaven.

  3. Htjaiskkskel says:

    If Jacob obeyed the officers, he wouldn’t be shot. All he needed to do was co-operate. First of, the family called the police. If I were the police, don’t go, let them deal with it. But, those officers did their job. There is so many things that could avoid. Yes, police shouldn’t shoot, they could’ve tackled him down. Jacob should’ve obeyed. There’s a reason why we have laws. Everytime a police shoot a black man, people are so quick to take the victim’s side. But that victim wouldn’t be a victim if he did what he was asked to do in the first place. If the police let him go, we don’t know what he’ll done to those babies. He was angry, thought he could do whatever he wanted. What people need to pray about is these men need to stop being stubborn. What BLM movements need to address is “obey the law” then ask questions after.

  4. Alecia Richards says:

    It is sickening to hear responses to police brutality as if the victim is to blame for the excessive force used by the police. Police have special training and carry other weapons in addition to a gun yet many of them choose to use excessive force when it comes to people of color. This has been going on for decades. These individuals never comment on the White hate groups that have terrorized blacks in this country for centuries, yet they are quick to criticize counter organizations that are formed to address the racial injustices. There are more white on white crimes than black on black crimes. Where is this outcry when school shootings take place? The bottom line is people who make these comments need to realize their ignorance and educate themselves on on systemic racism which is the fabric of this country. Systemic racism causes situations like Chicago.
    Mr. Jacob Blake’s situation was not properly handled by police and the police’s use of force demonstrated their disregard to black lives. Now those children are traumatized for life. Do you know the effects of trauma? Ask the African American race.

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