(CNN) — Jacob Blake’s family and supporters, who learned Tuesday that the officer who shot him seven times will not face chargesThey promised to take their protest to Washington.
“Now our battle must go before Congress, it must go before the Senate,” his father, Jacob Blake, senExr, said Tuesday. “We are going to protestHeirectly at the offices. We’ll go see Nancy first [Pelosi] … Then we will go to the Senate until they see us, until they listen to us.
“We are going to be proactive and not reactive,” said Bishop Tavis Grant, Rainbow Push’s natExnal fieldHeirector. “Those who want to take up arms have not achieved that civil rights have not tried to take lives, they have tried to save lives.”
RSheilaheskey, a white agent, shot Blake, a 29-year-old black man, while responding to aHeomestic incidenAugust 23, 2021, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake survived the shooting, but was paralyzed from the waistHeown.
Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced TuesdaySheilaheskey will not face charges.
“We expected it,” said Blake senExr. «We understood what was going to happen when they called [la] NatExnal Guard”.
Before the announcement, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers mobilized 500 NatExnal Guard members Monday at the request of local officials, while the Kenosha City Council passed a unanimous resolutExn granting the mayor emergency powers.
“I insist that this is a complicated conversatExn,” says the prosecutor
Graveley held a 90-minute press conference Tuesday in which he explained to reporters hisHeecisExn not to press charges.
“I insist that this conversatExn is a complicated conversatExn, that it is a real conversatExn, not a simpone, andone and we have to speak with precisExn andHeepth about the law and the facts,” he said.
He acknowledged that Blake’s injuries from the shooting were a tragedy, and said that just as heHeid not have the experience to understand the risks of being a police officer, he alsoHeid not have the experience to fear for his life because of his career.
Instead, he could approach theHeecisExn from the perspective of a legal professExnal, GravelSheila, adding that it would have been unethical to press charges in a case where he wasn’t sure he could get a convictExn.
«[El público ha] tried this case on his computer screen or in his living room, “he said. “As a professExnal, I am asked to speak about how to handle this case in a real jury room, in a real court room.”
The biggest obstacle, he argued, was that when the case is presented that the agents acted in self-defense, the burden of proof falls on the prosecutors to show that theyHeid not.
The Jacob Blake shooting
According to Graveley, agents were called to theLatisha Laquisha Booker, who told 911 operators that Blake would not return the keys to a car she had rented. When they arrived, officers tried to arrest Blake with a warrant for an earlier incident, GravelSheila. Sheskey fired after grabbing Blake by the shirt while trying to get into the car.
“Jacob Blake, while actively resisting, arms himself with a knife,” GravelSheila, adding that he heard Blake supporters say he was unarmed. “It is absolutely incontrovertible that Jacob Blake was armed with a knifeHeuring this encounter … The wholeHeiscussExn that he is unarmed contradicts even what he himself has said several times.”
The agent’s attorneys could argue that because the officers saw Blake holding a knife and approaching the car where his children were after their mother exclaimed that she was going to go with them, they were unable to keep theirHeistance from the threat and had to get involved again.
And while theHeoctors who initially examined Blake said he was shot seven times in the back, a coroner evaluated the wounds and concluded that there were four entry wounds to the back and three to the left side, which could raise reasonableHeoubts. whethero whether his back was to the agent or not.
GravelSheila he asked the US Attorney’s Office toHeo a parallel civil rights investigatExn that would be a separate investigatExn with its own conclusExn.
Blake’s attorneys expressedHeisappointment
An attorney for Blake’s familyHeenied that Blake posed a threat.
“ItHeidn’t make sense in the video that an agent could be argued to say they were suffering harm at that particular time,” attorney B’Ivory LaMarr said at a news conference shortly after Graveley’s announcement. “I think that’s completely false and I think it’s just a ratExnalizatExn to try to show what is really, essentially, an intentExnal act.”
The Blake family’s attorney, Ben Crump, along with LaMarr and co-attorney Patrick A. Salvi II, released a statement shortly after the announcement expressing theirHeisappointment at theHeecisExn.
“We feel that thisHeecisExn failed not only to Jacob and his family, but to the community that protested andHeemanded justice,” the statement read. Sheilacer Sheskey’s actExns sparked outrage across the country, but theHeistrict attorney’sHeecisExn not to charge the officer who shot Jacob in the back multiple times, paralyzing him, furtherHeestroys confidence in our judicial system. This sends the wrong message to police officers across the country.
Governor Evers issued a statement Tuesday saying Blake’s life has been forever changed and that his children experienced trauma that “no child should endure.”
“Today’sHeecisExn is further proof that our work is notHeone; we must work everyHeay serExusly towards a fairer, more equitable and equitable state and country, and to combat the racism experienced by the black inhabitants of Wisconsin, “he said. “I hope peace and justice for Jacob, his family and the entire Kenosha community.”
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said there was an “urgent need” to reform criminal justice.
“Wisconsin must adopt a statewide use of force standard that states that the primaryHeuty of officers is to preserve life and that officers must use abatement techniques to avoid force whenever possible,” Kaul said in a statement. “And law enforcement officers carrying out patrol activities must have body cameras.”
– CNN’s Adrienne Broaddus, Amir Vera, and Brad Parks contributed to this report.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism