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NFL’s Baltimore Ravens call for arrest of police officers in Blake, Taylor shootings – CNN International

(CNN)While several sporting events were scrapped in the US this week in the aftermath of the shooting of Jacob Blake, the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens have gone a step further by demanding that the officers who shot the 29-year-old and Breonna Taylor be brought to justice.

Blake is likely be left paralyzed, according to his family, after being struck seven times in the back by police at his vehicle last Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
His three children were in the car at the time, said his attorney Ben Crump.
Blake’s uncle told CNN on Thursday that he was handcuffed to his hospital bed after undergoing surgery.
An unarmed Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by plainclothes officers in her home in Louisville in March following a no-knock warrant. None of the officers involved in her case have been charged.
The Ravens issued a statement Thursday and began by seeking unity but also said it was time to “accept accountability and acknowledge the ramifications of slavery and racial injustice.”
“With yet another example of racial discrimination with the shooting of Jacob Blake, and the unlawful abuse of peaceful protesters, we MUST unify as a society,” the team said on its website. “It is imperative that all people — regardless of race, religion, creed or belief — come together to say, ‘Enough is enough!’
“This is bigger than sports. Racism is embedded in the fabric of our nation’s foundation and is a blemish on our country’s history.
“If we are to change course and make our world a better place, we must face this problem head-on and act now to enact positive change.
“It is time to accept accountability and acknowledge the ramifications of slavery and racial injustice.
“Though we cannot right all the wrongs of our country’s history, we can …” the statement continued, subsequently calling for seven points of action.

Seven action points

The first sought the arrest and charge of the officers responsible for Taylor’s death and the shooting of Blake.
It also demands that US Senator Mitch McConnell bring the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 to the Senate floor for vote.
Floyd died aged 46 when he was pinned down by police in Minneapolis in May. One officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes.
The Ravens additionally want the end of qualified immunity, the use of body cameras and the banning of chokeholds and no-knock warrants, plus are demanding “prison sentencing reform that is fair and equitable.”
The NFL announced that multiple teams canceled practice Thursday in response to Blake’s shooting, with the Ravens canceling practice Friday to “perform a team unifying session surrounding social justice reform.”
In a joint statement issued on Twitter accompanied by a hashtag of Black Lives Matter, the NFL and NFL players association said Thursday it shared in “the anger and frustration” of what happened.
“The NFL community is united more than ever to support one another in these challenging times,” the bodies said. “We share anger and frustration, most recently as a result of the shooting of Jacob Blake.
“While our passions continue to run high, we are proud that our players and clubs, League and Union, are taking time to have the difficult conversations about these issues that affect the Black community and other communities of color in America.
“We are especially encouraged that these conversations are about how we can come together to make the necessary and long overdue changes in our country.
“We will continue to not only use our collective platform to call out racism and injustice whenever and wherever it occurs in our country, but also fight together to eradicate it.”

Baseball moment of silence

In Major League Baseball, the New York Mets’ home game against the Miami Marlins was one of those not played but not before both teams took to the field for 42 seconds of silence.
Friday marks the league’s Jackie Robinson Day. Robinson, the first Black major leaguer in 1947, wore the number 42. His number was retired by MLB 50 years later, in 1997.

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Baltimore rioters tear down Columbus statue, toss it into harbor: reports – Fox News

Rioters in Baltimore on Saturday night pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus that former President Ronald Reagan helped unveil in 1984 – and then tossed the statue into the city’s Inner Harbor, according to reports.

The statue had stood at the entrance to the city’s Little Italy neighborhood for 36 years, FOX 45 of Baltimore reported.

The attack came hours after rioters in Connecticut beheaded a Columbus statue there.

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The Baltimore demonstrators had threatened to remove the statue for weeks, according to the station.

The destruction came after a Little Italy group hired private, unarmed security personnel to guard the statue around the clock – but it was unclear if anyone was trying to guard it Saturday, FOX 45 reported.

Video posted to social media showed people pulling chains that had been tied around the statue, with one black-clad rioter giving the statue a final push as a crowd cheered.

The toppling of the Columbus statue continued a wave of vandalism targeting statues and monuments across the nation – mostly targeting historical figures who critics regard as racists. Statues vandalized or destroyed in other cities have included those of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, two American founding fathers who owned slaves.

While many Italian-Americans regard Columbus as personifying their history and heritage in the Western hemisphere, others see Columbus as a conqueror who brought death and oppression to the indigenous population after he first arrived in 1492.

Lester Davis, a spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young, called the destruction of the Columbus statue part of a “re-examination taking place nationally and globally around some of these monuments and statues that may represent different things to different people,” the Baltimore Sun reported.

Former President Ronald Reagan addresses a ceremony in Baltimore, to unveil a statue of Christopher Columbus, Oct. 9, 1984. (Associated Press)

Former President Ronald Reagan addresses a ceremony in Baltimore, to unveil a statue of Christopher Columbus, Oct. 9, 1984. (Associated Press)

Earlier Saturday, rioters in Waterbury, Conn., beheaded a Christopher Columbus statue there, FOX 61 of Hartford reported.

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Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary issued a statement saying he was disappointed and disturbed by the crime.

“I am deeply disappointed and disturbed by the destruction inflicted upon the Christopher Columbus statue today,” O’Leary wrote. “The City of Waterbury, and I as Mayor, are deeply committed to taking action to address the impact and inequities caused by systemic racism. However, this type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”

The local chapter of UNICO, an Italian-American organization, offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a vandalism suspect or suspects, FOX 61 reported.

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Baltimore police searching for suspect who shot officer, carjacked another driver – NBC News

Police in Baltimore were searching for a gunman who led police on a chase, shot an officer and carjacked at least one person in order to make his escape Tuesday night, police said.

The officer, who was struck in the abdomen, is expected to survive and may not require surgery, Commissioner Michael Harrison said at a hospital. The bullet is thought to have grazed him without striking any internal organs, the commissioner said.

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“The officer was wearing body armor, which we believe very likely saved his life,” Harrison said.

The officer attempted to pull over an erratic driver who he believed was intoxicated about 9:30 p.m., the commissioner said.

After crashing, the driver fled on foot and the officer gave chase on foot, police said. The suspect is believed to have turned and fired, striking the officer at least once, Harrison said.

The gunman carjacked at least one person in a blue Toyota Camry in order to escape, and police believe he may have carjacked a second person but that had not been confirmed, Harrison said.

Our public safety officials, and in particular our police officers, deserve our gratitude and thanks for placing themselves in harm’s way each and every day.

— Mayor Bernard C. Jack Young (@mayorbcyoung) May 27, 2020

“There is a suspect on the loose who is armed and dangerous, who has fired, and shot, a police officer, and thank God that officer is doing OK at this moment,” Harrison said. “But we need help apprehending this violent offender tonight and as soon as possible.”

The officer, who has not been identified, was in good spirits at a hospital and gave his commanding officer a thumbs-up, Harrison said.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young hailed the officer’s bravery. “This officer put their life on the line for the residents of our City,” Young said in a statement.

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Fantasy Fit: Baltimore Ravens Rookie Receiver Devin Duvernay – Sports Illustrated

JAIME EISNER

Bill Enright: The Baltimore Ravens selected Devin Duvernay out of Texas in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft, trying to give Lamar Jackson some new weapons and that passing attack. Let’s find out what kind of fantasy fit Duvernay will be in his rookie season. For that, I bring on Todd Karpovich from Raven Country and Jaime Eisner fantasy and Gambling Insider here at SI. Todd, I’ll start with you. Let’s talk about Duvernay and where he fits on this Ravens depth chart.

Todd Karpovich: Well, when the Ravens drafted Duvernay, there was a video, John Harbaugh on his jumping again of his seat, pumping his fists. This is a guy they really want. They were afraid New England was going to take him before they got to him. Now he’s a versatile guy, he could play a slot and play on the outside. So he will sneak around for some reps at slot. He could play with Miles Boykin for a starting job on the outside. So they’re gonna find a way to get Duvernay involved in this offense. It’s gonna be up to him to fill the void. But I see Duvernay taking plenty of opportunities with the Ravens in 2020 as a rookie.

Bill Enright: From a fantasy perspective, Jaime, we know the Ravens were one of the best rushing teams of all time, let alone just in 2020. But from a fantasy perspective, are we expecting some more action for these Ravens playmakers, at wide receiver specifically? What do you think about Duvernay?

Jaime Eisner: Maybe a little bit. But the Ravens ran on 54 percent of their offensive plays last season, which was the highest percentage in the NFL. And I expect him to be around that point there again this year. Duvernay is interesting in best ball formats. He might have some really big games. He’s got dynamic game-breaking speed. So Lamar Jackson might be able to find him. Duvernay and Hollywood Brown both have kind of similar … you could see them have 2 (catches) for 105 (yards) and two touchdowns stat lines at some point. 

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