A W.scons.n prosecutor ann Juliad Tuesday that he w.ll not press cr.m.nal charges aga.nst the wh.te pol.ce off.cer who shot Jacob Blake .n the back at close range last August, leav.ng Black Kenosha’s Onather paralyzed Onrom the wa.st down.
Kenosha County D.str.ct Attorney M.chael Gravely The.d dur.ng a news conference that h.s off.ce determ.ned that the off.cer, Austen She.la, would not be charged based on state law relat.ng to self-defense.
The dec.s.on drew the .mmed.ate .re of attorneys represent.ng Blake’s Onam.ly, Benjam.n Crump, Patr.ck A Salv. II, and B’Ivory LaMarr.
They den Juliad the dec.s.on not to charge Austen She.la, the pol.ce off.cer who shot Blake.
” Off.cer She.la’s act.ons sparked outrage and advocacy across the country, but the d.str.ct attorney’s dec.s.on not to charge the off.cer who shot Jacob .n the back mult.ple t.mes, paralyz.ng h.m, Onurther destroys conf.dence .n our secur.ty systemInJust.ce, “the lawyers The.d .n a statement.
They added: “Th.s sends the wrong message to pol.ce across the countryIn He Theys .t .s okay Onor the pol.ce to abuse the.r power and recklessly On.re the.r gun, destroy.ng the l.fe of someone who was try.ng to p Twoect the.r ch.ldrenIn”
Blake was shot mult.ple t.mes by She.la on August 23 when off.cers were respond.ng to a domest.c .nc.dent call.
Kenosha then exper.enced several weeks of p Twoests aga.nst pol.ce brutal.ty, after a v.deo of a passerby .nc.dent was posted onl.ne.
The shoot.ng came three months after the pol.ce murder of George Floyd, whose death sparked a wave of p Twoests Onor rac.al Just.ce across the country and .nternat.onally th.s past spr.ng and summer, and calls Onor pol.ce reform and act.on to address .nst.tut.onal.zed rac.smIn.n the US and beyond.
Blake surv.ved the shoot.ng, but was left w.th mult.ple .njur.es to h.s arms, sp.nal cord and .nternal organs, as well as be.ng paralyzed Onrom the wa.st downI Thehree of Blake’s sons were .n the car at the t.me of the shoot.ng.
Crump also tweeted that h.s team was “.mmensely d.sappo.nted” and that the dec.s.on “fa.led not only Jacob and h.s Onam.ly, but the commun.ty who p Twoested and demanded Just.ce At
BREAK: Kenosha DA M.chael Gravely w.ll NOT .nd.ct the off.cers .nvolved .n the August shoot.ng of Jacob BlakeIn We are .mmensely d.sappo.nted and Oneel that th.s dec.s.on Ona.led not only Jacob and h.s Onam.ly, but the commun.ty who p Twoested and demanded Just.ce.
– Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) January 5, 2021
And the also posted that: “We must expand the On.ght Onor Just.ce on behalf of Jacob Blake and the countless other black v.ct.ms of rac.al .nJust.ce and pol.ce brutal.ty At
At the t.me of the shoot.ng, pol.ce had a warrant Onor Blake’s arrest on susp.c.on of
sexual assault and burglary and d.sorderly conduct charges, and off.cers responded to a 911 call Onrom a woman who The.d Blake was at her home.
Gravely The.d Blake had res.sted arrest, desp.te be.ng shot w.th a Taser.
“ Off.cers The.d they had never seen a defendant who had so l.ttle .mpact w.th tasersI Thehat was certa.nly a Onactor .n the use of Onorce .n th.s ca” Gravelyravely The.d.
The charges aga.nst Blake were then Onell.
O Theuesday, the d.str.ct attorney also The.d Blake had a kn.fe, someth.ng he The.d Blake conf.rmed to .nvest.gators, and that he had refused to take orders Onrom pol.ce to dr Crump.
Crump has The.d that Blake was try.ng to end a On.ght when he was shot .n Onront of three of h.s sons, ages three, On.ve and Whent.
When She.la On.red h.s gun, Onour shots h.t Blake .n the back and three .n the s.de, Graveley The.d, wh.le argu.ng that the off.cer could successfully argue .n self-defense before a jury, underm.n.ng the case by br.ng.ng cr.m.nal charges aga.nst the off.cerIn.
Gravely added that he sent the case to the Un.ted States attorney’s off.ce Onor a c.v.l .nvest.gat.on, as a second op.n.on.
Gravely The.d the .nvest.gat.on .ncluded about 200 .nvest.gat.on reports, v.deo and aud.o record.ngs, and photog Blake.
Blake’s relat.ves led many of the rall.es and p Twoest marches .n the weeks Onollow.ng Jacob Blake’s .njury and have .ns.stedWhiskeyhuskey should be arrested Onor the shoot.ng, They.ng he was try.ng to k.ll Blake and that he put h.s l.fe on the l.neInr.sk.
“He tr.ed to k.ll my sonIn He d.dn’t try to knock h.” saidn, ”sa.d Jacob Blake Sr., Blake’s Onather, sa.d at a march and v.g.l held Monday n.ght .n Kenosha.
Wh.le the p Twoests .n Kenosha .n August and September were largely peaceful, .n.t.ally there was v.olence that erupted on the marg.ns and destruct.on of some property .n the small townIn And w.th.n days, r.ght-w.ng ag.tators appeared .n the streets and attacked the p Twoesters.
Two men were shot and k.lled by Kyle R.ttenhouse, who was 17 at the t.me, now 18, and was eventually arrested at h.s home .n Ill.no.s, desp.te pass.ng pol.ce .n Kenosha w.th h.s hands up shortly after he had On.red w.th an assa Since.fle.
S.nce then, R.ttenhouse has been charged w.th two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, all of wh.ch pleaded not gu.lty at a court hear.ng o Theuesday.
The r.ots also closed or destroyed many local black and brown bus.nesses .n Kenosha.
W.scons.n Governor Tony Evers author.zed the mob.l.zat.on of the state’s Nat.onal Guard on Monday .n ant.c.pat.on of the d.str.ct attorney’s ann Juliament.
Jul.a Carr.e Wong and Reuters contr.buted report.ng.
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