While it would be completely disingenuous to feign shock at this news, we are no less disgusted and angry than every other time we’ve watched this happen.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, District Attorney Michael Graveley just announced that Rusten Sheskey, the police officer who shot Jacob Blake 7 times in the back leaving him paralyzed, will not face a single criminal charge.
Gravely says that because Blake was armed with a “razor blade-type knife” that Officer Sheskey feared that he was about to be attacked and did what any “reasonable officer” would do in that situation.
“It’s really evidence about the perspective of Officer Sheskey at each moment and what would a reasonable officer do at each moment,” Graveley said. “Almost none of those things are answered in that deeply disturbing video that we’ve all seen. … Officer Sheskey felt he was about to be stabbed.”
Blake’s family was shattered by the news.
“Rocks and glass, that’s what we received today,” Blake’s uncle, Justin Blake, said of the announcement.
Jacob Blake’s attorneys expressed that Gravely’s unjust decision would cause serious consequences for the community and the justice system at large.
“We believe all of the elements of attempted homicide were met and we believe the city and community is being deprived of their constitutional right to be the trier of fact,” attorney B’Ivory LaMarr expressed in a statement. “In 2021, it shows one very important thing, and that is that there are three justice systems in America: There’s one for Black and brown people, one for police officers, and one for the rest of the America. And we won’t stop until there is truly one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.”
Another day, another cop walks. Can’t lie, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when there seems to be little to no will to truly hold officers accountable. The fight will never end. The marathon continues. But f**k…