Jacob Blake’s uncle says in opinion piece that Capitol attack is another reminder the US lives under 2 justice systems
“This justice system calls these people ‘protesters’, and they are protected by the first amendment,” Justin Blake wrote about the rioters. “Sheskey operates under this justice system, and it is unacceptable. He claimed self-defense after he shot Jacob in the back, in front of his kids, also in broad daylight. No plausible explanation exists for this escalated response.”
“The fact that the Capitol insurrection and Jacob’s shooting both happened in broad daylight shows how barefaced state-sanctioned violence has become,” he added.
Attorney Brendan Matthews, the lawyer for Sheskey and the Kenosha Professional Police Organization, said in an email to CNN that he respects Justin Blake’s ability to express his opinion.
“Personally, I wish he exhausted his energy and media platform in a productive manner that seeks to improve America’s racial divide, not exacerbate it,” he wrote.
The district attorney’s decision last week, Justin Blake wrote, “makes crystal clear to Black people in Kenosha and Wisconsin that we are not safe in our communities.”
If the justice system valued Black lives, Justin Blake wrote, Sheskey would be fired, and Kenosha’s police chief and Kenosha County’s sheriff would resign.
Sheriff David Beth and Graveley declined to comment.
Armed groups, Justin Blake writes, “threatening our community would be treated as the violent terror groups they are, and authorities would protect us from them. The Kenosha police department would adopt the #8cantwait platform, which includes requiring de-escalation and comprehensive reporting to prevent future police shootings.”
Body cameras would be implemented, he wrote, and documents related to his nephew’s shooting investigation would be released to the public.
“Jacob would get justice,” he wrote. “But we’re not there yet. That’s why we’re rising up. Jacob deserves better than this. Kenosha deserves better than this.”