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Packers issue statement on Kenosha police shooting

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Posted at 6:02 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 19:02:52-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- The Green Bay Packers issued a statement Monday regarding the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha on Sunday.

"The Packers organization was shocked to see the video that showed police shooting Jacob Blake multiple times in the back," the Packers organization said in a statement posted to its website. "We are hopeful Jacob makes a full recovery, and our thoughts are with his family."

On Sunday night, protesters set cars on fire, smashed windows and clashed with officers in riot gear over the wounding of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, who was hospitalized and is in serious condition. A widely seen cellphone video made by an onlooker appears to show Blake being shot, apparently in the back, as he leaned into his SUV while his three children sat in the vehicle.

"While we understand a full investigation of this terrible incident will take place, we are deeply troubled at what again has become a painful example of the significant challenges we face with respect to police brutality, systemic racism and injustices against Black people," the Packers said. "We continue to call for meaningful dialogue to affect the needed change we all desire."

This is not the first time the Packers made a statement like this. Following the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests, Packers players and Coach LaFleur issued a video speaking out against racial injustice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.