Aug 27, 2020

Milwaukee Bucks Statement Transcript: Police Accountability

Milwaukee Bucks Statement Transcript: Police Accountability
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Transcript of the Milwaukee Bucks’ statement on police accountability on August 26.

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Speaker 1: (00:00)
As you can see, we all thank you guys for taking part of your time and stay here with us. We’re sorry that it took a little bit more time, but we thought it would be best for us as a team to brainstorm a little bit, educate ourselves and not rushing to having raw emotion, giving you guys things like that. On the behalf of ourselves and our team, we were going to place a statement as a team today and go back and continue to educate ourselves and get better awareness of what’s going on. And then, we going to speak to you guys later. Will, coming up with a statement now.

Speaker 2: (00:36)
Team statement, the past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustice facing our African American community. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings. Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha and the additional shooting of protestors.

Speaker 2: (01:01)
Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action so our focus today can not be on basketball.

Speaker 1: (01:08)
When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort and hold each other accountable. We hold ourselves to that standard and in this moment, we are demanding the same from lawmakers and law enforcement. We’re calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable. For this to occur, it is imperative for the Wisconsin state legislator to reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality, and criminal justice reform. We encourage all citizens to educate themselves, take peaceful and responsible action, and remember to vote on November 3rd. On the behalf of the Milwaukee Bucks.