Via Rashad Robinson:
On Sunday, August 23, Jacob Blake was shot by Kenosha, WI, police officers at least seven times at close range—as his three sons watched.1,2 Witnesses say Blake was unarmed and only trying to break up a fight when dozens of police cars from Kenosha Police, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol showed up.
Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father, is now paralyzed from the waist down, and doctors do not know yet if the injury is permanent.3
Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian, District Attorney Michael D. Graveley, and State Attorney General Josh Kaul:
We are demanding that you immediately fire and hold legally accountable the police officers who shot Jacob Blake. They attempted to murder a father in front of his children and are clearly unfit to serve.
You must ensure there is justice for Blake and his family by holding all of the police officers involved in his shooting accountable to the full extent of the law.
It’s unbelievable that months after George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s murders ignited nationwide outrage against police brutality, police officers still feel empowered to use excessive and indiscriminate violence.
We can’t allow for Jacob Blake to be just another name to add to the long list of Black people hurt at the hands of the police. He deserves justice. His sons, traumatized by witnessing police officers shoot their father, deserve justice. Their community deserves justice. The police officers involved in Blake’s shooting must be fired, arrested, charged, and prosecuted.
–Rashad Robinson, Color of Change
1. “WATCH NOW: Blake in serious condition,” Kenosha News, August 23, 2020
2. “Wisconsin Officers Shoot Black Man Multiple Times in the Back; Curfew Imposed as Police Clash With Protesters,” The Root, August 24, 2020
3. “Jacob Blake’s father says son’s paralyzed from waist down after police shooting in Kenosha,” Chicago Sun Times, August 25, 2020
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