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No charges filed in Jacob Blake shooting

(The Center Square) – No one will be charged in connection to Jacob Blake’s shooting.

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley on Tuesday said neither the officers involved in Blake’s shooting, nor Blake himself will be charged with any crimes.

“No Kenosha law enforcement officer in this case will be charged with any criminal offense, based on the facts and the laws,” Graveley explained. “I am going to also tell you, because I believe it is important, that no charge will be filed against Jacob Blake in regard to this incident either.”

A Kenosha police officer shot and wounded Blake on August 23. Police were trying to arrest Blake that day for violating an order of protection. He was at his ex-girlfriend’s home. She had accused Blake of sexual assault not long before.

Video shows Blake wrestling and fighting with officers, who tried and failed to use a Taser to subdue Blake. The last seconds of that video went viral. They show Blake walking around to the front of his ex-girlfriend’s SUV, opening the door, and reaching in. That’s when the officer fired.

Investigators said in August that Blake had a knife either on him or in the car.

Blake was left paralyzed after the shooting.

At the time, Wisconsin’s governor and lieutenant governor were critical of Kenosha Police for the shooting.

“Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin,” Evers said in a statement back in August. “While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.”

Lt. Gov. Barnes perhaps, made the most inflammatory remarks after Blake’s shooting.

“This wasn’t bad police work,” Barnes said after the shooting. “This felt like some sort of vendetta taken out on a member of our community.”

Graveley on Tuesday said Blake’s shooting is a tragedy for everyone involved.

“I have thought several times, and had a quick conversation with Mr. Blake today, about his children who were in that vehicle,” Graveley told reporters. “And I don’t want to leave out the officers whose entire careers in fact their whole lives, have been judged by a few seconds…. There is a tragedy there.”

Graveley said the shooting has also been a tragedy for the city of Kenosha which saw nights of riots back in August because of the shooting.

There is fear there will be another round of rioting this week.

Gov. Tony Evers on Monday ordered 500 National Guard troops to Kenosha to help keep the peace. The city council in Kenosha on Monday also approved an emergency declaration that allows for the city to respond to protests and any violence that may happen.

The decision not to charge anyone in the Blake case came on the same day that Kyle Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty to the charges in his case.

Rittenhouse shot and killed two people during Kenosha’s final night of violence back in August. He shot and wounded a third person. Rittenhouse’s lawyers insist he fired in self defense.

Graveley and his office are moving ahead with homicide and weapons charges against Rittenhouse.

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