Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) raised questions Tuesday about Jacob Blake’s behavior in the lead up to his shooting by a police officer in Kenosha, Wis. on Sunday. A video of the incident shows that Blake, who is Black, was shot seven times in the back.
Graham’s comments came at a press conference to announce the endorsement of the South Carolina Fraternal Order of Police, an organization that supports law enforcement officers. A reporter asked Graham whether the latest shooting of a Black man by police suggests that, after several months of nationwide demonstrations against police violence and systemic racism, protesters’ grievances are still not being heard.
“I don’t know what happened there. Let’s find out. It’s dangerous being a cop,” Graham said. “I don’t know why the gentleman didn’t yield when he was asked to yield. I don’t know what the facts are.”