*”The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah addressed the police killing of Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot multiple times in the back by Kenosha police on Sunday.
Noah compared the shooting to the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, the young white boy who was taken into custody unscathed after being charged with homicide over the fatal shootings of two people during protests over the Blake incident.
Noah noted that Rittenhouse fatally shot two protesters and was not arrested at the scene because police viewed him as a vigilante.
“While what happened with those shootings last night is tragic, what happened afterward is illuminating because it made me wonder, it really made me wonder why some people get shot seven times in the back while other people are treated like human beings and reasoned with and taken into custody with no bullets in their bodies,” the comedian said on his show this week.
“How come Jacob Blake was seen as a threat for a theoretical gun that he might have and might try to commit a crime with, but this gunman who was armed and who had already shot people, who had shown that he is a threat, was arrested the next day, given full due process of the law and generally treated like a human being whose life matters?,” he continued.
“Why was Jacob Blake seen as a deadly threat for a theoretical gun, while this gunman, who had already shot people, was arrested the next day and treated like a human being whose life matters?”
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“How did Dylan Roof shoot up a church, James Holmes shoot up a movie theater, and both live to tell about it? Why is it that the police decide some threats must be distinguished immediately, while other threats get the privilege of being defused?