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Civic Engagement

Milwaukee Bucks issue statement after DA declines charges in Jacob Blake shooting

The Milwaukee Bucks have issued a statement after Kenosha (Wisconsin) County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced on Tuesday that he would not bring charges against the police officer who shot and wounded Jacob Blake in August.

The shooting triggered a wave of protests, including the Bucks' decision to boycott a first-round playoff game against the Orlando Magic on Aug. 26. The decision led the way for other leagues - WNBA, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and tennis, all seeing game cancellations or some manner of player protest - to follow the Bucks and the NBA, raising awareness on the situation.

The Bucks statement in wake of Tuesday's ruling can be found below:

"The Bucks organization remains firmly against excessive use of force by law enforcement. This past year shed light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African American and other marginalized communities. Reoccurring instances of excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging the Black community must stop. We will continue to work to enact policy change so these incidents no longer exist. As an organization, we remain strongly committed to address issues of social injustice and anti-racism and to make meaningful change for African Americans and all marginalized members of our community."

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