Jacob Blake, a black man shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer, said he believed he was about to die and wondered what his last words would be to his children after the August shooting.
Blake, 29, was partially paralyzed in an Aug. 23 shooting that touched off days of protests and unrest in the city of Wisconsin and elsewhere.
“I was kind of lame,” Blake told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview on Thursday. “And I remember thinking that I was bent that way when I saw my boy. I said, ‘Daddy loves you, never mind.”
“I thought it was going to be the last – I felt that this was the last thing I would say to them.” “Thank God it wasn’t.”
Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Gravely announced that no police officers would be involved in the shooting a week later.
Blake was shot seven times by Kenosha police officer Ruston Sheski. Some of those shots were found to be from behind.
Authorities said Sisak was responding to a domestic disturbance at the time and officers were told that there was a warrant for Blake’s arrest. The district attorney said Blake, armed with a knife, protested the arrest and ordered him to be dropped.
Gravy said Blake was shot after moving towards a “disputed car” that had at least one child. He said Blake confessed to investigators that he had a knife, but was not sure if he would open it.
Gravelle said Sheski and other officials would have a strong case for self-defense, and that “if you don’t believe you can prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, then you have a moral to not issue a charge.” Obligation. “
The shooting was captured on video and sparked protests over the summer that turned violent at times as protesters called for racial justice and police reform.
Kenosha, Kyle Rittenhouse, now 18, amid protests, who went to Kenosha from nearby Antioch, Illinois, allegedly shot and killed two people. Rittenhouse has been charged with criminal charges and has been claimed by lawyers to have acted in self-defense.
The Blake shooting followed the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police in May and the fatal police shooting of Bryo Taylor in Louisville in March.