“Justice was not served.”: Jacob Blake’s father reacts to no charges filed in Kenosha officer-involved shooting

Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 3:21 AM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A Kenosha police officer will face no charges after shooting Jacob Blake multiple times in the back in August 2020.

The Blake family called the outcome a “disheartening” decision. Jacob Blake Sr., Jacob Blake’s Father, told NBC15 on Tuesday justice was not served.

Four months of waiting came down to one decision.

“We anticipated this. Nobody was emotionally shaken by what happened,” Jacob Sr. said.

He said the prosecutor’s decision not to charge officers in the shooting of his son further destroys trust in the justice system.

“It’s way bigger than just Jacob,” he said.

Jacob Blake Jr. is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer in August.

“He suffers from pain 24 hours a day,” Jacob Sr. said.

Kenosha’s district attorney said Jacob Jr. admitted he was armed with a knife during the altercation. His father said it does not justify being shot multiple times.

“My son didn’t hurt anybody that day. There’s nothing I can give you from the king’s English that can explain how i feel,” Jacob Sr. said.

Family members and supporters gathered in Kenosha following the district attorney’s decision.

“I think in 2021 it shows one very important thing. There are three justice systems in America: one for black and brown people, one for police officers and one for the rest of America,” B’Ivory Lamarr, Jacob Blake’s attorney said.

Supporters said justice needs to be served at the federal level because it’s being overlooked at the local level.

“This needs to be investigated at a federal level, and taken to the feds so we can change some laws,” Justin Blake, Jacob Blake’s uncle said.

The Blake family said racism lies in the justice system -- it’s a reoccurring narrative. Blake said it’s a chapter that needs to end.

“I’m fighting for justice for black people in the United States of America,” Jacob Sr. said.

Justin said today was about social justice, but the family will seek civil justice in the coming weeks.

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