Mayor Walsh On Jacob Blake Shooting: "Enough Is Enough"

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — When asked about another police-involved shooting of an unarmed Black man, Mayor Walsh said what happened in Wisconsin over the weekend was "an atrocity."

According to his family's lawyer, Jacob Blake Jr. was breaking up a fight between two women on a street in Kenosha Sunday evening. A witness' video shows police responding and shooting Blake seven times in the back as he leant into his car, where his three sons, aged 3, 5 and 8, were seated. As of Tuesday, Blake was still in intensive care.

"Enough is enough," Walsh said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. "This country is going through lots of concerns right now ... trauma, COVID-19, systemic racism ... What I witnessed on TV ... was an atrocity."

Walsh said in the coming weeks, Boston's Police Reform Task Force is preparing to present him with recommendations for police reform measures in Boston, some of which will involve changes to law enforcement training.

"We've already looked at our [police] training in the city, and we're going to continue to make changes in our training," Walsh said. "I'm not saying it could never happen, but we have never seen that here in the City of Boston. I'm hoping, I praying to God we never see that."

As far as the police reform legislation currently being worked out at the Massachusetts State House, Walsh said he's not sure what the hold up is.

"I'm not privy to the conference committee," Walsh said. "There's been really no reports coming out of there. Certainly we'll see what happens if that legislation passes."

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal reports:

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