“Blake was not unarmed. He was armed with a knife.”
Prior to the conclusion of multiple investigations into the police involved shooting on August 23 in Kenosha, WI, Biden says, “I do think at a minimum they need to be charged.” Not surprisingly Biden did not provide any details as to what the officer(s) should be charged with.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is continuing to investigate an officer involved shooting (OIS) in Kenosha, Wis. that occurred on the evening of Sunday, August 23, 2020 assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Wisconsin State Patrol and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office.
District Attorney Michael D. Graveley said that he’s asked the U.S. Attorney’s office to conduct a parallel investigation into the incident as well as a civil rights investigation. He asked the community for patience while the investigation takes place. He said it will take time to make sure that it is done completely and properly.
Kenosha Professional Police Association Releases Details on Blake Shooting:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 28, 2020
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sen. Steve Nass (608) 266-2635
Kenosha Professional Police Association Releases Details on Blake Shooting
Details released by the association and involved Kenosha police officers.
Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) is sharing vital new information on the officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake released by the Kenosha Professional Police Association (KPPA) and the officers involved in the shooting. The release of information was issued through the KPPA’s attorney Brendan Matthews.
Senator Nass believes it is important that the public have a more complete presentation of the facts relating to the incident involving Jacob Blake.
The following is the release of information from the KPPA and the officers involved:
- The officers were dispatched to the location due to a complaint that Mr. Blake was attempting to steal the caller’s keys/vehicle.
- Officers were aware of Mr. Blake’s open warrant for felony sexual assault (3rd degree) before they arrived on scene.
- Mr. Blake was not breaking up a fight between two females when officers arrived on scene.
- The silver SUV seen in the widely circulated video was not Mr. Blake’s vehicle.
- Mr. Blake was not unarmed. He was armed with a knife. The officers did not see the knife initially. The officers first saw him holding the knife while they were on the passenger side of the vehicle. The “main” video circulating on the internet shows Mr. Blake with the knife in his left hand when he rounds the front of the car. The officers issued repeated commands for Mr. Blake to drop the knife. He did not comply.
- The officers initially tried to speak with Mr. Blake, but he was uncooperative.
- The officers then began issuing verbal commands to Mr. Blake, but he was non-complaint.
- The officers next went “hands-on” with Mr. Blake, so as to gain compliance and control.
- Mr. Blake actively resisted the officers’ attempt to gain compliance.
- The officers then disengaged and drew their tasers, issuing commands to Mr. Blake that he would be tased if he did not comply.
- Based on his non-compliance, one officer tased Mr. Blake. The taser did not incapacitate Mr. Blake.
- The officers once more went “hands-on” with Mr. Blake; again, trying to gain control of the escalating situation.
- Mr. Blake forcefully fought with the officers, including putting one of the officers in a headlock.
- A second taser (from a different officer than had deployed the initial taser) was then deployed on Mr. Blake. It did not appear to have any impact on him.
- Based on the inability to gain compliance and control after using verbal, physical and less-lethal means, the officers drew their firearms.
- Mr. Blake continued to ignore the officers’ commands, even with the threat of lethal force now present.