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What you need to know

  • Activists gathered today at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the historic civil rights March on Washington and demand police reform.
  • The event was held as protests continue over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • The families of Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and more, made calls for police reform, justice reform and voter action during their speeches.

Our live coverage of the protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake has ended for the day.

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There is no curfew in the Twin Cities tonight

A worker picks up a shoe outside one of the broken windows at the Nordstrom Rack on Nicollet Mall, Thursday, Aug. 27, in Minneapolis.

There is no curfew in the Twin Cities tonight, according to a tweet from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.

Minnesota State Patrol and National Guard “remain ready to support local law enforcement” if needed, Walz said in the tweet.

Some context: An 8 p.m. curfew was in place in Minneapolis and St. Paul Thursday after civil unrest occurred Wednesday night.

MLS will resume play after postponing matches this week

Erick Torres of Atlanta United talks with Rodolfo Pizarro of Inter Miami CF after the game was postponed at Inter Miami CF Stadium on August 26 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Major League Soccer will resume play Friday after postponing five matches earlier this week “in recognition of the struggle for racial equality and human rights,” the league said in a news release.

The Black Players for Change are also scheduled to meet with MLS owners to “continue working together to create long-term change both inside and outside of MLS,” the release said.

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green wants the NBA to keep playing

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors brings the ball up the court against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Spectrum Center on December 4, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Following public outrage over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the NBA had announced that it would postpone Game 5 of three different playoff series because of the boycotts. Now, the NBA and the players association say competition will resume Saturday, with no playoff games Friday.

However, Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green says the NBA should keep playing.

“The only way you could hear that performer is because they have a microphone and they’re on a stage. If we leave our stage and we drop our microphone, we could no longer speak for those people that we are speaking for,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Green also pointed to the issue of resources.

“Tons of NBA guys, NBA teams, and the league as a whole contributes to the urban community, the Black community,” he said. “If we take those resources away, we’re taking resources away from ourselves to be able to continue this fight, and I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.”

In response to NBA commissioner’s statement committing to doing more for communities, Green outlined areas, like voter suppression and police violence, that could benefit from the league’s focus.

“It’s simple, basic human rights. You know, it’s holding these cops accountable that are killing unarmed Black people for no apparent reason. They’re protected by all of these laws and unions. That’s ridiculous. Let’s change some of these laws. Let’s stop voter suppression,” he said. “Overall, continuing to put money in the community changed our school systems to continue to educate.”

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Michelle Obama tweets about Kenosha shooting: "I'm exhausted and frustrated"

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks to guests at the Obama Foundation Summit at Illinois Institute of Technology on October 29, 2019 in Chicago.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted a lengthy post where she shares her feelings and emotions regarding the state of the country and the fallout from the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

“These past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about what our kids are seeing every day in this country – the lack of empathy, the division stoked in times of crisis, the age-old and systemic racism that’s been so prominent this summer. Sometimes they see it on the news. Sometimes they see it from the White House Rose Garden. And sometimes they see it from the back seat of a car,” Obama wrote.

Obama said that while she is “exhausted and frustrated,” she has been inspired by the protests.

“They will do something. They already are – opening eyes, rattling consciences, and reminding people of all backgrounds that this problem wasn’t solved earlier this summer and it won’t be any time soon unless we all make a change.”

Here are the latest details we've learned about Blake's shooting and the following protests

Protesters clash with Kenosha County Sherriff's officers in front of the County Court House during demonstrations against the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 24.

The investigation into the Sunday police shooting of Jacob Blake is ongoing, and officials in Kenosha, Wisconsin, held a news conference today to give updates on the incident and the protests it sparked.

Here are some of the newest details that we’ve learned about the shooting and its aftermath:

  • Prior charges against Blake: At the time of Sunday’s violent encounter with police, Blake had a warrant out for his arrest in connection to a domestic abuse call earlier this year. A dispatcher appeared to warn responding officers to Blake’s warrant, referring to “family trouble” at the residence in Kenosha and an “alert at this address for a ninety-nine.” The police code 10-99 can refer to a wanted suspect. It’s unclear whether those officers knew about why there was an outstanding warrant against Blake when they arrived at the residence. That warrant has been vacated, Patrick Cafferty, Blake’s attorney, told CNN Friday afternoon.
  • Dozens of arrests related to protests: There have been nearly 50 arrests in Kenosha related to unrest in the city, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said at a news conference today. The arrests were for a variety of charges, including curfew violations, weapons charges and drug possession.
  • Protests are now more peaceful: Kenosha officials attributed more peaceful protests in the city in recent nights to the citywide curfew. “The last number of nights you’ve seen very peaceful protest and that’s what it’s about. That’s how you make change,” Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian said at a news conference.

NBA player Chris Paul: "We are just tired of seeing the same thing over and over again"

Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder during a game against the Houston Rockets during the 2020 NBA Playoffs on August 24, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Chris Paul, the players union president and Oklahoma City Thunder guard, opened up about the raw stress the NBA players have been feeling and reasons for demanding tangible social justice action plans going forward.

Paul fought back tears while describing the pride and strain the players were feeling within the group.

“What we are doing in our league is huge…see real change, real action because guys are tired. I mean tired. When I say tired, we are not physically tired. We are just tired of seeing the same thing over and over again…everybody expects us to be ok just because we get paid great money. You know, we’re human. We have real feelings. And I’m glad that we got the chance to get in a room together to talk with one another and not just cross paths and say, ‘Good luck in your game today,’” he said.

Paul made it clear the players are passionate about empowering and facilitating efforts for people to vote in the upcoming elections and beyond. Paul revealed players had called upon state officials while not playing NBA games these past two days.

“One of the biggest things the guys talked about in our meetings, and it was great that we got a chance to get together and discuss these things, is voting. Voting is something that everyone in the room was very passionate about. We got a chance to discuss; we got a chance to talk to the different governors and tell them we want all of the NBA arenas to be polling sites,” he said.

“Another thing the guys spoke about is while we’re out there playing, you know, we’re the product; we’re the game. During these commercials we would like to see advertising for voting. We understand how strong our voice is, how powerful our voice is, and ultimately, we decided that if we go away from this stage, we don’t necessarily have that same platform,” Paul added.

CNN’s Dan Kamal contributed to this report.

Jacob Blake's sister: "We will not be a footstool to oppression"

Letetra Wideman, Jacob Blake Jr.’s sister, also spoke to those gathering at today’s March on Washington. She said she was speaking on behalf of their mother. 

“We will not be a footstool to oppression,” she said, as she urged Black people to unify, and support “group economics” and solidarity between Black men, women and children. 

Jacob Blake's father: "We're not taking it anymore, I ask everyone to stand up"

Jacob Blake Sr, the father of Jacob Blake, who was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, addresses the "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" Commitment March on Washington 2020 on Friday in Washington.

Jacob Blake Sr. on Friday said he knew his father was in Washington, DC, at the original March on Washington in 1963 when he was a child.

“I truly did not want to come see you all here today for these reasons,” he stated, adding that he showed up to Friday’s March on Washington because “I have a duty.”

The junior Blake, a Black Wisconsin resident, was shot seven times in the back by a White police officer who tried to detain him on Sunday in Kenosha.

“But we’re gonna stand up. Every Black person in the United States is gonna stand up. We’re tired!” he said.

“We’re gonna hold court today. We’re gonna hold court on systematic racism,” Blake Sr. said before mentioning the names of other victims of police violence, “Guilty. Racism against all of us.”

“And we’re not taking it anymore, I ask everyone to stand up. No justice, no peace!” he said.

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Relatives of shooting victims speak out at the March on Washington

Numerous family members and loved ones of Black Americans killed in acts of violence spoke out during the March on Washington today.

Here are some of the excerpts:

  • Sister of Botham Jean — who was killed by ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger while in his home when Guyger walked in, thinking it was her own — said people need to keep pushing for “change so that their lives were not taken in vain.” “We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” Allisa Charles-Findley said.
  • Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery, said she carries “a very broken heart but also a grateful heart that God chose my son to be a part of this historic movement.” “I love you all for standing with us,” she said.
  • Arbery’s father Marcus Arbery Sr., remembered his son, saying how heartbroken he still is at his passing. “I used to speak to my son on the phone every day, and now sometimes I feel like he forgot to call me,” he said.
  • Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke after the audience chanted her son’s name. She said “even though we’re going through a crisis, even though it looks dark, I want you to be encouraged.” “Don’t stop saying Black Lives Matter. Don’t stop fighting, don’t stop protesting, stand together. We were built for this,” Fulton said.
  • Eric Garner’s son spoke, saying “I’m challenging the young people to vote.” He advocated for peaceful marching and urges protesters against looting.
  • Oscar Grant’s mother wanted everyone to know “that this race is not given to the swift or the strong, but to the one who endures.” Wanda Johnson urged people to “continue to band together, to continue to call the injustices unjust.”
  • Dontre Hamilton’s mother urged people to vote this fall. “I will never stop fighting for you,” she said about her son.

Rev. Al Sharpton recalls working in the South during the Civil Rights Movement

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at the Lincoln Memorial during the "Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" protest against racism and police brutality, on Friday in Washington.

Rev. Al Sharpton on Friday recalled working in the South during the Civil Rights Movement. 

“After the Montgomery Boycott…we were urged to go to Birmingham. Because in Birmingham, there was a police chief named Bull Connor, and Bull Connor acted with an insensitive disregard…”

“In 1963 and 1964, they fought Bull Connor. Here we are in 2020. We’ve gone from Bull Connor to Bull Trump. We’ve gone from a mean spirited sheriff to a mean spirited president.”

Sharpton criticizes the President for not publicly acknowledging Jacob Blake, who was shot by police on Sunday, as well as Breonna Taylor and others killed in police and racial violence.

“How do you speak when this young man Jacob sits in a hospital and you won’t call his name?” 

“Well Mr. Trump, look right down the block from the White House. We’ve come to Washington by the thousands. We’ll call their names. We’ll never let America forget what you’ve done. Call their names!”

In encouraging people to vote, Sharpton also referenced the postal service, stating that he supports USPS. He urges others to vote “to stop the George Floyds and stop the Breonna Taylors.”

George Floyd's sister: "We have to be the change"

George Floyd's sister Bridgett Floyd.

George Floyd’s sister Bridgett Floyd urged Americans to work together to bring about changes necessary to address social injustice in the US.

Speaking directly to attendees at the March on Washington, she said, “I want you guys to ask yourself right now. How would the history books remember you? What would be your legacy? Will your future generations remember you for your complacency, your inaction? Or would they remember you for your empathy, your leadership, your passion for weeding out the injustices and evil in our world.”

Bridgett Floyd invoked Martin Luther King Jr., who she said stood in Washington 57 years ago to lay out his vision and dream. She then told attendees that they “have the power to make it happen.”

“We have to do it together, for our generations to come… My brother cannot be a voice today. We have to be that voice. We have to be the change. And we have to be his legacy,” she said.

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Floyd's brother: "I wish George were here to see this right now"

George Floyd's brother, Philonese Floyd

“I wish George were here to see this right now,” George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, told attendees of the March on Washington, speaking from the Lincoln Memorial.

“That’s who I’m marching for. I’m marching for George, for Brianna, for Ahmaud, for Jacob, for Pamela Turner, for Michael Brown. Trayvon and anybody else who lost their lives,” Floyd said.

Floyd noted that it has “never been more clear” than now that change is needed and is happening.

“It’s never been more clear that change right now, is happening right now. Because we demand it. Everyone here has made a commitment. Because they wouldn’t be here for no other reason right now,” Floyd said.

Floyd urged leaders to enact laws to “protect us.” He thanked attendees and supporters across the country who have supported him and his brothers’ cause.

“My brother George is looking down right now. He’s thankful for everything everyone is doing right now. You all are showing a lot of empathy and passion, and I am enjoying every last bit of it right now. If it weren’t for y’all, I don’t know where I’d be right now. Because you all are keeping me running,” he said.

Floyd is among other family members of police violence victims who are speaking at today’s protest. His brother George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in May after pleading for help as a police officer used his knee on Floyd’s neck to pin him to the ground.

His death sparked protests across the country and reignited a push for police reform.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misspelled George Floyd’s brother’s first name. His name is Philonise Floyd.

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WNBA player: Athletes have a responsibility to "be a voice for the voiceless"

WNBA player Natasha Cloud, who opted out of the basketball season, commended the NBA players and other athletes for boycotting games in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting.

Cloud said she is “so proud of them for standing their ground and understanding this is bigger than basketball, that this is bigger than ourselves as athletes and individuals, and bigger than our leagues, too.”

“We inherit this responsibility as athletes to use our platforms and be a voice for the voiceless and I think you’re seeing us do that,” she added.

Cloud, who is going to the March on Washington today, announced she would not participate in the upcoming WNBA season, instead focusing on helping the Black Lives Matter movement.

“This directly affects me, it directly affects my fiancée, it directly affects our community and our future children. And for me, there was no greater time than to take this head-on than right now,” she said. 

Breonna Taylor's mother: "We have to stand together. We have to vote."

Tamika Palmer, the other of Breonna Taylor.

Tamika Palmer, the other of Breonna Taylor, urged people at today’s March on Washington to “stand together” and vote.

Taylor, an EMT and aspiring nurse, was killed in March her own home when three plainclothes Louisville police officers executing a “no-knock” warrant returned gunfire after her boyfriend fired a warning shot 

She thanked people who have fought for justice for Taylor. None of the officers involved in the no-knock warrant have been charged with a crime. Two of the officers remain on the force. A third officer was fired and is appealing to get his job back.

Crowd chants Breonna Taylor’s name when Taylor’s mother is lost for words: 

Harris honors Rep. John Lewis and his civil rights work in speech

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris addressed attendees virtually at the 2020 March on Washington organized by the National Action Network Friday, honoring the late Rep. John Lewis and his civil rights work.

“For Congressman Lewis, the brutal murder of Emmett Till is what shook loose the activist inside him. It was the start of a lifelong journey toward service and driving change the same journey that countless young leaders are building upon, as we speak,” she said in the prerecorded remarks.

Harris sent the tweet with her remarks on Thursday.

She also shared her remarks on Twitter:

These are the 4 major challenges the US faces, according to Martin Luther King Jr.'s son

Martin Luther King III speaks during the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial August 28 in Washington.

Martin Luther King III, speaking at today’s March on Washington in the US capital, said that the US faces four “major challenges.”

“We’re marching to overcome what my father called the triple evils of poverty, racism and violence. And today, those evils have exacerbated four major challenges that currently face our country,” he said.

Here’s a look at the four issues he called out:

  • The coronavirus pandemic: “Covid-19 tragically has killed more than 175,000 Americans,” he said. He noted that the virus disproportionately affects Black and Latino communities.
  • Unemployment: “More than 30 million Americans are unemployed again, disproportionately people of color.” He noted that the pandemic has exposed inequalities in the economy “that kept too many people trapped in the debt and poverty.”
  • Police brutality and gun violence: King noted that today’s march includes families of Black people who were killed by police. He made a point to say the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner and many others.
  • Voting rights: King urged those in the audience to defend their right to vote, saying “We must vigorously defend our right to vote because those rights were paid for with the blood of those lynched for seeking to exercise their constitutional rights.” He also called on attendees to vote “as if our lives and our livelihoods, our liberties depend on it because they do!” and added, “No person, no people, are more keenly aware of the risk of disenfranchisement than those who suffered from it.”

Here are the lawmakers speaking today at the March on Washington

People from all over the country gathered Friday morning, taking their place at the nation’s capital to participate in the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington led by the Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network.

Several lawmakers spoke at this year’s march which was organized under the name “The Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks.”

Here are some of the lawmakers who spoke today:

  • Democrat Rep. Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts paid tribute to members of the Civil Rights Movement. “We are challenged by the state of the nation, and the crisis we face, but the state of our movement it is strong,” she said. 
  • Democrat Rep. Adriano Espaillat from New York called for legislation to be passed, including the George Floyd policing bill and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. “It is possible to write budgets that actually value Black lives. If it feels unfamiliar, that is because it has never been done in America. We will meet the moment,” he said.
  • Democrat Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee from Texas took a thinly-veiled swipe at President Trump. She also underscored the need for someone in the White House who can act as a “healer-in-chief.” Jackson Lee called for the passing of the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act, in addition to a bill that outlines a commission to study reparations. “We want an America that will stamp out the divisiveness, the intimidation in the press, we want a White House that stands as a healer-in-chief, who understands Black mothers’ pain, who understands your pain,” she said.

MLK's granddaughter says her generation "will fulfill my grandfather's dream"

Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., directly addressed fellow young people during the commemoration of the March on Washington.

“We have mastered the selfie and TikToks. Now we must master ourselves,” she said. “Less than a year before he was assassinated, my grandfather predicted this very moment. He said that we were moving into a new phase of the struggle. The first phase was the civil rights and the new phase is genuine equality.”  

“Genuine equality is why we are here today and why people are coming together all across the world, from New Zealand to New Jersey,” she added.

Yolanda vowed to her late grandfather that the civil rights movement of the 1960s would not be forgotten and it will inform current protests.

“We stand and march for love and we will fulfill my grandfather’s dream,” she said. 

Yolanda said her generation will put an end to gun violence, police brutality, systemic racism, poverty and climate change.

“My generation has already taken to the streets peacefully and with masks and socially distanced to protest racism. And I want to ask the young people here to join me in pledging that we have only just begun to fight and that we will be the generation that moves from ‘me’ to ‘we’,” she said. 

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NBA will resume season Saturday

The Black Lives Matter logo is seen on an empty court as all NBA playoff games were postponed today during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 27 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 

The NBA and the players association say games will resume on Saturday, while no playoff games will be played Friday.

In a statement released Friday, the league and players union jointly announced a commitment to establish a social justice coalition and election/voting initiatives.

A total of nine games have been postponed since Wednesday, when the Milwaukee Bucks became the first team opting not to play in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Wisconsin Sunday.

Michele Roberts, director of the National Basketball Players Association, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a joint statement about today’s developments.

Read the full joint statement:

“We had a candid, impassioned and productive conversation yesterday between NBA players, coaches and team governors regarding next steps to further our collective efforts and actions in support of social justice and racial equality. Among others, the attendees included player and team representatives of all 13 teams in Orlando. All parties agreed to resume NBA playoff games on Saturday, Aug. 29 with the understanding that the league together with the players will work to enact the following commitments:
The NBA and its players have agreed to immediately establish a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches and governors, that will be focused on a broad range of issues, including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.
In every city where the league franchise owns and controls the arena property, team governors will continue to work with local elections officials to convert the facility into a voting location for the 2020 general election to allow for a safe in-person voting option for communities vulnerable to COVID. If a deadline has passed, team governors will work with local elections officials to find another election-related use for the facility, including but not limited to voter registration and ballot receiving boards.
The league will work with the players and our network partners to create and include advertising spots in each NBA playoff game dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness around voter access and opportunity.
These commitments follow months of close collaboration around designing a safe and healthy environment to restart the NBA season, providing a platform to promote social justice, as well as creating an NBA Foundation focused on economic empowerment in the Black community.
We look forward to the resumption of the playoffs and continuing to work together – in Orlando and in all NBA team markets – to push for meaningful and sustainable change.”

Rep. Pressley addresses March on Washington: "We will meet the moment"

Speakers outside the Lincoln Memorial, in an event organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton and joined by Martin Luther King Jr.’s son, are expected to include families of Black people slain or severely injured in police encounters, including George Floyd and Jacob Blake.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a Democrat from Massachusetts, spoke to crowds Friday morning.

“We will meet the moment. We will work toward healing (and) justice … like our lives depend on it, because they do,” she said. “Let me make it plain: Black lives matter!” Pressley said.

Friday’s march —which will head to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in the afternoon —comes exactly 57 years since crowds packed the National Mall to demand civil rights and economic opportunity in 1963.

The event, dubbed the “Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks,” brings an end a tumultuous week, one that saw Blake shot by police in Wisconsin.

Watch part of Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s address:

Trump takes credit for "success" in Kenosha

In a tweet Friday, President Trump took credit for what he described as “success” in Kenosha, Wisconsin, furthering his law and order message.

Trump still has yet to address the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black father, who was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Read the President’s tweet:

Martin Luther King III describes what today's march would mean to his father 

Martin Luther King III, second from left, prepares for a television interview at the March on Washington on August 28.

CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux is reporting from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, where activists are gathered to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington.

She told CNN’s Kate Bolduan that she spoke to Martin Luther King III about what his father, Martin Luther King Jr., would think about today’s march.

“He says his father would be proud of the people who have come here, who are fighting for justice, but he would also be very sad that we’re still at this place where our society is so broken,” she said.

Malveaux said she also asked Luther King III what keeps him up at night.

“He said it’s the fact that his 12-year-old daughter has already asked him the question, ‘why do we still have to do this? I thought granddaddy had put this to bed, put this to rest,’ and he says it’s because we have to. We have to continue this fight.”

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What it's like at today's March on Washington

Activists have gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, today, the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington. Speakers are addressing the crowd now.

CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, who’s at the event, said it’s an emotional day for many of the protesters.

“It’s been such an emotionally charged pre-program before the official program,” Malveaux reported. “People who have been crying, people who have expressed rage, but mostly just real frustration here. Some very passionate and personal stories about people who have lost their loved ones.”

Today’s event is dubbed the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” Commitment March, a reference to the police killing of George Floyd, who died after held down with police officer’s knee as he protested that he couldn’t breathe. 

The Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network began planning the march in partnership with the NAACP and others after he announced the event during Floyd’s funeral in June. But it comes during a week that has seen intensified called for social justice and police reform following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Blake, a 29-year-old Black father, was shot by police on Sunday. His family says he is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Today’s march comes during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s a look at the socially distanced protest:

Kenosha shooting suspect's hearing pushed back to next month

Kyle Rittenhouse, left, with backwards cap, walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, August 25, with another armed civilian.

The suspect in the Kenosha, Wisconsin, fatal shooting will stay in Lake County, Illinois, for a month and a hearing on the status of his extradition has been set for Sept. 25, according to the Illinois judge presiding over matters of his extradition. 

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, did not appear at his video extradition hearing, which lasted only a few minutes. 

Rittenhouse is not waiving extradition proceedings, according to a court appointed attorney in Illinois. 

The public defender said the delay would allow Rittenhouse to meet with a private attorney and for that attorney to file an appearance with the court. 

Rittenhouse faces multiple charges for the shooting incident during a night of unrest in Kenosha earlier this week that left two people dead and a third person seriously injured, authorities have said. 

Correction: A previous version of this post said Rittenhouse would be extradited on Sept. 25. His hearing will be on Sept. 25.

What we know so far about the shooting of Jacob Blake and the protests that followed

Jacob Blake, left, is seen with his sons.

Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black father, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. The shooting sparked protests in Wisconsin and across the country.

If you need to read in, here’s what we know about the shooting, the aftermath and the ongoing protests for social justice:

  • What happened: Kenosha officers were called to a domestic incident about 5:11 p.m. Sunday, police said. Wisconsin state investigators said that when police arrived, they used a taser to try to stop Blake, before a single officer fired his weapon seven times and injured him. The officers rendered aid before Blake was flown to the Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, police said.
  • Blake’s condition: Blake underwent surgery and his family says he is now paralyzed from the waist down. His family said he is handcuffed to his hospital bed.
  • An investigation: An probe into the shooting was quickly turned over to the Wisconsin Department of Justice and a federal civil rights investigation was launched. Officials identified Officer Rusten Sheskey as the person who shot Blake when he tried to enter his vehicle. The officer, who has been employed by Kenosha police for seven years, was placed on administrative leave.
  • A deadly shooting at the protest: Protesters have rallied in Kenosha nightly since the shooting. At Tuesday’s protest, two people were killed and a third was seriously wounded in the a shooting. Police have named 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse as a suspect in the shooting and he now faces homicide charges as well as a felony charge for attempted homicide.
  • Pro sports boycotts: What began as the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to boycott their playoff game following Blake’s shooting cascaded into a wave of similar protests across the American sports scene by Wednesday night. Yesterday, several professional sports teams announced they would skip practice and instead hold discussions on social justice.

Jacob Blake's father will march in Washington today

Jacob Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr., is in Washington for the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march there. 

Blake shared his family’s history in civil rights with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota 

“My father was there for the first march in Washington. He went through Selma to Montgomery. He went across the Edmund Pettus. He marched for open housing in Evanston, Illinois. He built two churches, before he got his last assignment at Ebenezer AME church in Evanston, Illinois. They built a building, named after the Robinsons, and my father. His name was on a building there on Emerson street in Evanston. His name is on another building at Maple and Emerson that he built, the only one of its kind in Illinois. So yes, I’d say my family has a history of civil rights,” Blake said.

Thousands are expected to gather in Washington, DC, today for the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

The March on Washington returns to the nation's capital today. Here's what to expect.

Attendees sit socially distanced at the 2020 March on Washington, officially known as the “Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off our Necks,” at the Lincoln Memorial on Friday in Washington.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather today at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the historic 1963 civil rights March on Washington.

The demonstration, taking place on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, seeks “to restore and recommit to the dream Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. defined” that year.

Here are key things to know about today’s event:

  • Who’s organizing it: The Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network began planning the march in partnership with the NAACP and others after he announced the event during George Floyd’s funeral in June. The announcement came at the height of nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice spurred by the police killing of Floyd —who died in late May after a White Minneapolis police officer knelt on the Black man’s neck — and other Black Americans. Sharpton and Martin Luther King III, a son of the late civil rights legend, are expected to participate in the event. Event organizers have stressed that the march will comply with health guidance and local ordinances related to the coronavirus pandemic. Face masks are required to march. Masks, gloves and sanitizer will be also be provided on site.
  • Marchers want police reform and justice: More than 200,000 people participated in the original 1963 march, officially titled the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” which was led by Martin Luther King Jr. and others. This year’s March on Washington — dubbed the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” Commitment March — will reiterate the demands for police reform, criminal justice reform, and racial equality. At age 23, Lewis was one of the youngest keynote speakers at the 1963 march. Decades later, as a statesman, he spoke on the 50th anniversary of the march in 2013. Marchers will call on the US Senate to pass a voting rights bill named after the late civil rights icon and longtime Georgia Rep. John Lewis, and police reform legislation named after Floyd.
  • It’s led by the families that “know the pain:” In announcing the march in June, Sharpton said it would be led by the families that “know the pain” and know what it’s like to be “neglected,” including the families of Floyd and Eric Garner, a Black man who was choked to death in 2014 by a police officer in New York. McMillian told CNN on Friday that the program is still being finalized. But expected speakers include Sharpton, Martin Luther King III, civil rights attorney Ben Crump, members of Congress and the families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin. Family members of of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man who was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, are also expected to participate.

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Here's what we know about the officer who shot Jacob Blake

Before he was identified as the police officer captured in a viral video in which he shoots a Black man multiple times in the back, Rusten Sheskey pedaled around the lakeside city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, as part of the bike patrol and walked the shopping mall beat during the holidays.

He’d occasionally bring a squad car home from work and turn on the siren for neighborhood kids, one neighbor recalled. An American flag flies outside his home in a middle-class neighborhood.

But five days after Sheskey’s shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake prompted protests and rioting in the typically quiet streets of Kenosha, much remains unknown about the seven-year veteran officer and what prompted him to open fire.

Authorities have declined to provide information on a number of critical questions in the turbulent days since Blake was shot. Most importantly, they have not offered any detailed explanation for why Sheskey used deadly force on Blake as he leaned into a parked car.

Police and city officials also have not responded to public records requests for Sheskey’s history with the department, including any previous uses of force or disciplinary issues. According to a memo from the police chief published on the city’s website, Sheskey received a one-day suspension in 2017 for a violation regarding “safe operation of department vehicles.”

Meanwhile, Blake remains handcuffed to a hospital bed. He was left paralyzed from the waist down in the aftermath of the shooting, which took place in front of three of his young children who were in the car.

Dispatch records indicate that Sheskey and other officers responded to a complaint from a woman saying that Blake was not supposed to be at her residence and would not leave. She also said he had taken her keys and would not give them back.

At a news conference Wednesday, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said officers fired a Taser at Blake before the shooting, but that it was “not successful.” Kaul said Blake admitted possessing a knife and officers recovered one from the floor of the car he was leaning into when Sheskey opened fire. Kaul did not say if Blake had brandished the weapon or what precise reason Sheskey gave for firing multiple shots.

Blake’s family has demanded answers, too, wondering why Sheskey decided to use a gun to resolve the situation. At a news conference on Tuesday, Blake’s family attorney Ben Crump called for the officer’s arrest.

“We are demanding that the prosecutor arrest the officer who shot Jacob Blake. And we are also asking that these officers who violated the policies and their training be terminated immediately,” he said.

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The Milwaukee Bucks sent Jacob Blake a signed jersey

Jacob Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr., told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota that his son is in and out of consciousness and he’s not aware of the situation in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Blake Sr. said the focus is on his son’s recovery and he does not want to upset his son with news of unrest Kenosha. 

Blake Sr. also said his son received a gift from his favorite team.

“The thing that made him smile was the Milwaukee Bucks. That made him smile, and I’m from Chicago. But now I am truly a Milwaukee Bucks fan because they reached out to my son, sent a jersey that was signed by the whole organization,” Blake said.

Some background: The Milwaukee Bucks’ decided to boycott their playoff game following  Blake’s shooting in the team’s home state — a move that cascaded into a wave of similar protests across the American sports.

Soon after the Wisconsin-based team decided to not play, the NBA announced it would postpone Game 5 of three different playoff series — Bucks vs. Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers.

Blake’s father thanks the Milwaukee Bucks:

Attorney for accused Kenosha shooter says client acted in self-defense

An attorney representing the 17-year-old accused in the fatal shootings of two protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin reportedly said his client, Kyle Rittenhouse, was acting in self-defense when he opened fire Monday night.

In a statement to NBC news attorney John Pierce said, “This was classic self-defense and we are going to prove it. We will obtain justice for Kyle no matter how hard the fight takes or how long it takes.”

Pierce is a noted conservative lawyer whose firm has represented Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Tulsi Gabbard’s presidential campaign, George Papadopoulos, and former baseball player Lenny Dykstra. 

On Thursday Pierce tweeted that he was ready to represent while openly asking for contact information for Rittenhouse.“…I will handle his defense with a team of the best lawyers in the USA,” he tweeted.

CNN was unable to reach Pierce for comment. 

In support of the Rittenhouse defense Pierce and noted libel attorney L. Lin Wood, said their newly established #Fightback Foundation will help pay legal fees. 

On its website the #Fightback Foundation describes itself as being dedicated to defending freedom, stopping “the radical left” and “fake news media,” through lawsuits and court action.

Jacob Blake's father spoke to Biden and Harris for an hour