Jacob Blake speaks from the hospital bed and says it hurts to breathe
Kenosha County’s district attorney Mike Graveley said police officer Rusten Sheskey will not face the shooting of Jacob Blake this summer.
Mr Blake was shot seven times in the back by Mr Sheskey after attempting to evacuate the site of a domestic dispute on August 23.
The officers alleged that Mr Blake had a knife at the time, but Mr Blake’s lawyers allege the claim was not true. Mr. Graveley also said that Mr. Blake would not be charged with any crime.
The city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is preparing to protest as the decision comes. The Wisconsin National Guard has deployed. Security measures announced by local authorities also include designated demonstration rooms, road closures, curfews, protective fences and restrictions on city bus routes.
In another development, teenager Kyle Rittenhouse pleaded guilty not guilty to all charges related to the fatal shooting of two men and the wounding of another in the riots that followed the shooting of Mr Blake.
The Washington Post withdrew a tweet that “incorrectly” said Jacob Blake was unarmed
The WaPo corrected the record after pointing out that Jacob Blake was unarmed when he was shot dead by police.
In his own words, that was “wrong”.
“We deleted a previous tweet that incorrectly described Jacob Blake as unarmed. While his family said he was not armed when he was shot dead by police, prosecutors said Tuesday that video evidence shows him holding a knife. ”
In announcing that there would be no charge, the prosecutor also drew attention to the fact that no charges would be brought against Blake.
Justin VallejoJanuary 6, 2021 1:10 AM
Watch: The Kenosha Policeman is not charged in the Jacob Blake shooting
“I’m going to tell you too, just because I think it’s important that no charges are brought against Jacob Blake in relation to this incident either.”
The Kenosha Police Officer is not charged with shooting Jacob Blake
Justin VallejoJanuary 6, 2021 12:40 AM
“Immensely disappointed”: Jacob Blake’s family reacts to a decision without charge against the police as Kenosha prepares to protest
Rusten Sheskey will not be charged with the shooting of Mr. Blake, a black man who sparked violent protests in Wisconsin last August.
Mr Blake was shot seven times in the back while responding to a domestic incident, and although he survived, he was paralyzed from the waist down.
“We are very disappointed and believe that this decision has failed not only Jacob and his family, but also the community that protested and demanded justice,” said Mr Blake’s attorney, Ben Crump.
“This is not the news we hoped for, but our job is not done and hope is not lost.
The independents Graeme Massie reports.
Justin VallejoJanuary 5, 2021 11:50 PM
Kenosha’s “Moment of Truth”?
In September 2020, an independent adviser was appointed to investigate the Jacob Blake shooting.
Former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray said at a press conference at the time that for Wisconsin the investigation “will be a moment of truth” and that the outcome of the case was not predetermined.
While the criminal investigation department of the Department of Justice of Wisconsin (DCI) continues to conduct the investigation, the final investigation file will be turned over to Mr. Wray for expert analysis on the recommendation of a prosecution decision.
Justin Vallejo signed up for The independent back in September.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 5, 2021 10:54 PM
Kenosha and the Campaign
The shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha came late one summer with demonstrations by officials in Louisville and Minneapolis over police brutality against the black community following the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
Both Joe Biden and Donald Trump visited the city of Wisconsin after the incident and subsequent riots.
Richard Hall signed up for The independent on the importance of visits to the respective campaigns in September.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 5, 2021 10:38 PM
Blake Family: This will affect this nation for many years to come
“For those who believe Black Lives Matter, stand up in this nation and let them know we will no longer tolerate this,” says a member of the Blake family.
They say this decision is unacceptable and urge people to protest peacefully and make that decision.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 5, 2021 10:22 PM
Jacob Blake Sr to speak to lawmakers about criminal law laws
PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor says Jacob Blake’s father is expected to visit Washington later this week to speak with lawmakers about criminal justice reform.
Mr Blake says his son was treated “like an animal”.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 5, 2021 10:13 PM
Video: Kenosha district attorney publishes no charges
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 5, 2021 9:59 PM
“That’s an outrage,” says Rev. Al Sharpton
“This is outrage, although expected,” said Reverend Al Sharpton of the National Action Network.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 5, 2021 9:45 p.m.
Response from the Blake family
Ben Crump, attorney for the Blake family, tweeted, “We are very disappointed and believe that this decision has failed not only Jacob and his family, but also the community that protested and called for justice.”
He adds, “Our work is not done and our hope is not lost.”
Mr. Crump pledges to continue moving forward and fighting for systemic change in policing and transparency at all levels.
Oliver O’ConnellJanuary 5, 2021 9:43 PM