The Shooting of Jacob Blake

Chisom Ugbajah, Social Media Editor

They thought they could get away with killing another black person. Fortunately, they failed.
There is much we don’t know yet about this incident, but what we do is that on the evening of Sunday, Aug. 23, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Jacob Blake was shot at 7 times by a police officer after trying to leave the scene. It was said by a neighbor who witnessed the event that there was a family dispute between two women and the police were called to intervene. Blake, who was with his children, tried to break up the fight when officers arrived. This is when things get a little blurry. There is a video but it doesn’t start until after the police arrive. According to said video, it appears that he (Blake) was putting his kids in the car (three boys), and walking around to the driver’s side. He was simply walking away from the officers and didn’t appear to be putting anyone in danger especially the police, but Officer Rusten Sheskey had a gun trained on him from the moment the video started. As Blake tried to get inside his car, Sheskey opened fire on him not once, but seven times. At the end of the video, you can hear the shots being fired, a woman screaming, and Blake’s limp body hitting the car horn. Once again, there is still a lot that is unknown about this case, like why seven police officers were called to 2805 40th St. to begin with. Some sources say that the police were called because of a warrant for Blake’s arrest due to a violation of a restraining order, others say that they were dispatched because someone complained about Blake trying to steal their car and keys. One thing remains clear: Blake is alive but in critical condition. He is paralyzed from the waist down and is handcuffed to his hospital bed.