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Biden says officer who shot Jacob Blake should be charged

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Jacob Blake is seen just before being shot by Kenosha police in this bystander video.

KENOSHA (AP) -- Joe Biden says the police officer in Kenosha who shot Jacob Blake in the back on Aug. 23, leaving the 29-year-old Black man paralyzed, “needs to be charged.”

"I believe at a minimum, the officer should be charged," Biden said. "Let the judicial system work, let's make sure justice is done."

The comment by the Democratic presidential nominee came after he was asked about remarks by his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, that the officer should face charges.

Biden also says officers should be charged in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.

Biden plans a visit Thursday to Kenosha, where there have been multiple nights of unrest following Blake’s shooting. Biden says there have been “overwhelming requests” that he come to the city.

Listen for Biden's comments during the Q&A at the 10-minute mark of this Facebook live:

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