Tuesday night after prosecutors announced the officers who shot Jacob Blake would not face any charges. Blake’s uncle, family, and the Kenosha Community organized a peaceful protest, according to abc7.
Jacob Blake, 29, was shot seven times in the back as he was walking away from Officer Rusten Sheskey. The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist down.
According to the Kenosha officers, they were responding to a domestic disturbance call. Kenosha police officers are not equipped with body cameras. Still, a bystander captured the confrontation, showing Blake walking away and about to get into the driver’s side of his SUV when Sheskey opened fire.
The prosecutors claim Blake was near a knife when he was shot, and it was found near the footwell of the vehicle. However, in the video, you see Blake walking away, pulling up his pants. If he had a knife in his left hand as they claim he did on the video. How was he able to pull up his pants?
Raysean White, the bystander who recorded the video, said he heard police yelling drop the knife. But never saw Blake armed with a blade. Graveley said the video did not capture attempts to arrest Blake before the shooting. White also told CNN that before he began filming, he saw police wrestle, punch, and taser Mr. Blake.
Kenosha district attorney Michael Gravely called Blake personally to tell him no charges would be filed. Blake’s family was heartbroken and furious. “This is a slap in the face by the Wisconsin government and DA perpetuating systemic racism.
Where is the justice?” asked Justin Blake, Jacob’s uncle. It’s 2021, and we’re going to call everything for what it is. He was a racist. He attempted murder on my nephew. He should be fired, indicted, and convicted.”
After marching for months, waiting for charges to be filed against the officers, the Blake family was disappointed when they heard the officers will not face any criminal charges. Jacob Blake’s family and Kenosha community continued their peaceful protest following the no charges announcement by Michael Gravely Tuesday night.