Unfortunately there has been another police involved shooting of an unarmed black American citizen. Kenosha, Wisconsin is a city located almost equidistant between Chicago and Milwaukee. On Sunday night 29 year old Jacob Blake was on a Kenosha street breaking up a fight between two women. Kenosha police were alerted to a domestic violence in the area. They arrived on scene, and that’s when the incident escalated.
Blake was shot in the back seven times after he was seen walking away from police towards his own car. The bullets severed Blake’s spinal cord and shattered his vertebrae. As of press time, the officers involved have not been charged. But the most heartbreaking aspect is that the incident allegedly took place in front of Blake’s children, aged 8,5, and 3, who were in the car.
There’s so much to unpack here. This latest incident has sparked yet another night of civil unrest that’s become common since the George Floyd murder. The “Blue Lives Matter” crowd will of course support law enforcement’s version of the incident. They’ll say “If Blake would have complied with the officers’ orders, he’d be alive today.” Blake’s non compliance did not constitute his being shot seven times.
Make no mistake: those officers meant to kill Blake. You don’t shoot an unarmed person in the back seven times without any intent to kill. Those officers weren’t in any danger. At worst, Blake’s non compliance should have resulted in a safe apprehension by police. Instead, those officers meant to make Jacob Blake another hashtag of another dead Black citizen that ran afoul of police. And if this incident really occurred in front of Blake’s young children, that only exacerbates the savagery of the officers involved. Those seven shots could have hit any of those children.
There’s no convincing that those officers meant to kill Jacob Blake. By the grace of God, Blake will survive the shooting. Unfortunately, he will be paralyzed from the waist down, unsure if he’ll ever be able to walk again. Hopefully this incident will lead to the indictment, charges, conviction, and harsh sentencing of the officers involved. There’s no justification for what happened in Kenosha that day. Now let’s see if the Kenosha district attorney’s office will do the right thing and bring about charges, an eventual conviction, and the harsh punishment necessary.