Jesse Jackson speaks out on Australian athlete’s murder at the hands of ‘bored’ teens

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
Font Size:

The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. spoke out on Wednesday about the “senseless” shooting death of a white Australian athlete by two black teenagers and one white teenager in Oklahoma.

“Praying for the family of Chris Lane,” Jackson said Wednesday on Twitter. “This senseless violence is frowned upon and the justice system must prevail.”

Jackson’s comments come after a number of commentators ask why the black leaders who were outspoken during the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting were silent on the circumstances surrounding Lane’s murder.

According to law enforcement, Lane was shot dead while jogging. Prosecutors say three teens were involved, and that one of the suspects admitted they did it “for the fun of it.”

Follow Alex on Twitter