New evidence has come to light in Sunday’s police-involved shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jacob Blake had a knife in his car when Kenosha police shot him, the state’s attorney general said on Wednesday, according to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel — and unvetted video appears to show him holding it.
A shooting in Wisconsin
Blake, who is Black, was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer during an arrest Sunday, the Journal Sentinel reported, sparking nationwide outrage and riots in the Midwestern city of Kenosha.
Democrats and Black Lives Matter-aligned activists instantly condemned the incident as an unprovoked attack, ostensibly part of a pattern of racially motivated violence by police — but there appears to be more to the story.
According to the Journal Sentinel, a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice said police had been called to the scene by a woman who said her boyfriend had shown up to her house without permission. According to the authorities, the cops tried to tase Blake, but he resisted arrest.
In a widely shared video of the shooting, Blake can be seen leaning into his vehicle before a cop opens fire. “While holding onto Mr. Blake’s shirt, Officer Rusten Sheskey fired his service weapon 7 times. Officer Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr. Blake’s back,” the Wisconsin Justice Department said in a news release, according to the Journal Sentinel.
The Wisconsin Justice Department also said a knife was later discovered on the driver’s side floorboard in Blake’s car. The 29-year-old admitted to having the knife after the shooting, but there were no other weapons, the Journal Sentinel reported.
Kenosha up in flames
Video that was slowed down also appears to show Blake carrying a knife, although the footage is unclear and has not been confirmed.
Blake survived the shooting, but he is said to be paralyzed from the waist down, according to a report from the Associated Press. In the meantime, Kenosha has gone up in flames. Mobs have torched businesses, and people have been injured and even killed in the mayhem.
Despite the uncertain circumstances of the case, Democrats seem to have their minds made up that the officer involved is a violent racist.
White House hopeful Joe Biden tweeted Wednesday: “Once again, a Black man — Jacob Blake — was shot by the police. In front of his children. It makes me sick. Is this the country we want to be? Needless violence won’t heal us. We need to end the violence — and peacefully come together to demand justice.”
Blake has an extensive rap sheet and was recently charged with sexual assault, according to court records cited by the AP. The officer who shot him, as well as the other officers involved in the incident, have all been placed on administrative leave, according to the Journal Sentinel.