Michael Gravely has announced that any of the police officers involved in Jacob Blake’s shooting will not face charges. Gravely, District Attorney of Kenosha, stated that the officers would not be charged with any “criminal offense.”
The Story Behind Jacob Blake
After failing to cooperate with the police officers, who had an arrest warrant against him, Jacob Blake was shot at the scene.
The officers arrived after a woman, believed to be his girlfriend, had called 911 after being allegedly sexually assaulted and violated. Police said that when they tried to arrest Blake, he resisted the arrest and physically confronted them.
He also admitted that he had a knife in possession, which was later recovered by the police.
According to The Daily Wire, officer Rusten Sheskey was forced to shoot Blake in the back after he attempted to escape the crime scene by using the victim’s car. He was afraid that Blake was trying to kidnap the victim’s kid during his escape.
Statement by the Officer who shot Jacob Blake
In a statement to CNN, the officer said that he opened fire after hearing the victim plead, “He’s got my kid. He’s got my keys.”
Brendan Matthews, who is handling Sheskey’s case, remarked that the child’s safety would have been compromised if the officer had not taken immediate action.
He further added that if something had happened to the child in the vehicle, Sheskey would have still been blamed for not taking any action.
What New York Post Has to say?
The New York Post reported that Blake already had a criminal complaint filed against him by the victim in question before the Police came to the rescue. Blake now has a complaint against him for breaking into a woman’s home and sexually assaulting her.
Statement by the Victim
According to the victim’s statement, Blake had broken into her home at around 6 a.m while she was asleep with her kid.
She further said that Blake said, “I want my sh-t,” and sexually assaulted her. He allegedly used his finger to assault her and remarked, “Smells like you’ve been with other men,” after sniffing his fingers.
The officer in charge of receiving her statement said that the victim was crying. She described the details about the unfortunate experience and was “having very a difficult time” talking about it.
One of the first reporting news outlets went under fire for their misleading headlines.
Both conservatives and the progressive side of the public have widely slammed the press for trying to sensationalize the news by not providing accurate context.
Many complained that they only emphasized the officer’s race and the victim while not providing the complete backstory. This gives resemblance to when the press broke the Jussie Smollett story.
Breitbart editor, Joel Pollak, tweeted about his disappointment regarding the way the news was initially covered.
He blamed Associated Press for not providing any context about the shooting. He further added that Blake was guilty of “sexual assault,” “resisted arrest,” and “reached for a knife,” concluding that AP could cause fueled racism and riots with such exaggerated headlines.
Zaid Jilani, a progressive journalist, wrote about the misleading news coverage saying that AP never mentioned the police’s side of the story which stated that Blake had sexually assaulted the victim and physically fought cops.
He further stated that people reading the article had no idea that the police were only acting in defense of the victim and her child.