Jacob Blake is lucky to be alive.
Blake had an unwanted encounter with Kenosha, Wisconsin, police last year, and it almost cost him his life. Blake was shot seven times by a white officer, and it left Blake paralyzed from the waist down.
Reported on news sources, Blake filed a federal and civil lawsuit against Kenosha, Officer Rusten Sheskey. Blake argues that the shooting “was undertaken with malice, willfulness, and reckless indifference to the rights” of the defendant. The suit also notes Blake continues to struggle with physical and emotional pain.
CNN reports the lawsuit asks for damages “in a fair and just amount sufficient to compensate [Blake] for the injuries he has suffered, plus a substantial sum in punitive damages.” Take a look at a news report:
The incident happened on August 23, 2020. Kenosha police were responding to a domestic violence call. Blake, a father of three, joined his family and friends to celebrate his son’s eighth birthday. The mother of one of Blake’s children’s got into an argument with a neighbor. As a result, Blake left with two of his boys.
The mother called the police and said Blake wasn’t supposed to be at her residence. As Blake was putting his children, eight and five, into a Dodge SUV, Sheskey grabbed his arm without warning that Blake was getting arrested. Then they got into a scuffle. Sheskey and other officers punched, choked, and tased Blake, but he avoided getting handcuffed.
During the incident, Blake’s pocket knife dropped. Sheskey told investigators he used deadly force during the chaotic encounter because he was “afraid Blake while attempting to flee the scene, was trying to kidnap a child in the backseat of the vehicle he was driving.”
Earlier this year, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced Sheskey nor the other two officers would be criminally charged for their actions. Blake was not charged in the incident either.
Activists were outraged Blake’s two you g children witnessed their father go through a traumatic experience. Hopefully, justice is served.