FoxNews.com reports that
Jacob Blake had a knife on the floorboard of his car when he was shot by police, said the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which also has identified the officer who shot him as Rusten Sheskey.
The knife was recovered from the driver’s side of Blake’s SUV, the agency said. It did not say whether Blake was holding the knife when Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department, shot him Sunday evening.
Blake, 29, admitted to having the knife during the investigation, officials said. No other weapons were recovered.
According to a Wisconsin DOJ news release, officers responded to a domestic dispute after a woman reported her boyfriend was unlawfully on the premises. Officers attempted to arrest Blake and a Taser was used, but it did not subdue him, authorities said.
As Blake walked around to the driver’s side of the SUV, he opened the door and leaned forward into the vehicle. Sheskey held onto Blake’s shirt and fired seven times, striking him in the back. No other officer opened fire.
Officers were not equipped with body cameras, despite city leaders unanimously approving a plan in 2017 to purchase the devices in an effort to increase transparency and police accountability.
Lawyers for Blake’s family said Tuesday he was paralyzed from the shooting.
“They shot my son seven times, seven times, like he didn’t matter,” said Jacob Blake Sr., who spoke to reporters alongside other family members and lawyers outside the Kenosha County courthouse. “But my son matters. He’s a human being and he matters.”
The Justice Department announced Wednesday it will conduct a civil rights investigation. The FBI will lead the inquiry with assistance from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and other state authorities.
Anger over the shooting spilled onto the streets of Kenosha in the days since, resulting in violent clashes between demonstrators and police, along with looting and vandalism.
Two people were killed Tuesday and another was wounded in Kenosha amid more chaotic gatherings. On Wednesday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers ordered 500 National Guard members to the city to quell more potential unrest.
Athletes have also weighed in on the events surrounding the police shooting. The Milwaukee Bucks opted to boycott Game 5 of its NBA playoffs series against the Orlando Magic Wednesday. In a show of solidarity, the Milwaukee Brewers did the same, choosing not to play its scheduled game against the Cincinnati Reds.
As I asked in the title of this post, is this 2020’s version of “Hands up. Don’t Shoot.”?
In a post which I wrote about Michael Brown and the Ferguson Riots titled “AG Holder Goes to Ferguson to Get…err…Seek An Indictment…As the Real Truth Starts to Come Out”, I commented that
I have been watching in fascination…and disgust…as the situation in Ferguson, Missouri has devolved into some sort of bizarre rush to judgement, for the purpose of some kind of strange racial reparation.
As the evidence against Michael Brown makes its way into the harsh light of day, the professional race-baiters, who have besieged the tiny town of Ferguson, and their supporting Liberal Pundits and sycophants on the World Wide Web, have continued their chorus of “innocence due to perpetual victimhood”, in the case of Michael Brown, proving that denial is not just a river in Egypt.
You see, boys and girls, at this point in the Liberal fairy tale narrative of “Mike the Gentle Giant”, with all of the blood-thirsty Liberal Trolls, who have descended upon the town of Ferguson, publicly writhing in anticipation of a presumed guilty verdict in the trial of Officer Darren Vinson, anything less than a guilty verdict will not satisfy their blood lust.
That is why President Barack Hussein Obama sent Attorney General Eric Holder down to Ferguson. Holder is there to make sure that Officer Vinson in indicted in the “wrongful death” of “Gentle Giant” Michael Brown.
Even if the shooting of the 6’4″, 290 lb. thieving, store owner-bullying, dope-smoking, 18 year-old thug was justified.
Decades ago, when the Ku Klux Klan rode through the nation, innocent black men were hung from the nearest tree, simply because of the color of their skin.
Today, in 2014, it appears that those roles have been reversed.
And, it has been sanctioned by Presidential Decree.
Two wrongs do not make a right…”civil” or otherwise.
Oh, by the way…”Hands up. Don’t shoot.” never happened. Michel Brown charged Officer Wilson, knocking him inside his patrol car. When he starting to go after him again, Office Wilson defended himself, shooting the “Gentle Giant”.
Now, in this age of out-of-control Virtue signaling and “wokeness”, what I observed back then is more true than ever.
Considering the fact that could very well have been reaching for the knife in the floorboard of the driver’s side of his cat when he was shot, that begs the question…
Why are these useful idiots rioting?
The immediate and most logical answer that comes to mind is
Because they can.
Until there are heavier consequences facing the rioters, then they will continue to burn up car dealerships and attack people in restaurants.
And, until the NBA and MLB are made to understand that Americans do not want the politics of a very small minority shoved in our faces when we want to be entertained by watching a professional sporting event, the clueless and obnoxious arrogant behavior of those involved will continue.
The professional race baiters and trouble makers who were involved in the riots during the Obama Administration also have a hand in the riots which we are watching develop in our major cities, even as I write this post after coming home from my job.
Maybe if these rioting Marxist wannabe anarchists had a job and a life, instead of sponging off their Mom’s in their basements, this “civil unrest” wouldn’t be happening.
Then again, Marxists have always relied on “useful idiots” to act as ground troops for their revolutions.
And, the Far Left Democrats in 2020 America are no exception to the rule.
Until He Comes,