Jacob Blake, the black Wisconsin father who was shot seven times by a white police officer, said he thought of his children the instant the gunshots rang out and believed he would see them for the last time.
Blake, who was partially paralyzed in the August 23 shots that sparked protests in Kenosha and other cities calling for police reform, said he was “a little limp” when Officer Rusten Sheskey opened fire when he was the home responded to a report of a domestic disorder in Blake’s alleged victim of previous sexual assault.
“And all I remember at the time was sit back and look at my boys,” Blake said in an interview with Good Morning America on Thursday. I said, ‘Dad loves you no matter what. I thought it was the last thing I tell them. Thank god it wasn’t. “
Blake said two of his children witnessed the shooting, which resulted in no officers being charged, prosecutors said last week. Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley said Sheskey would not face criminal charges “based on the facts and the law” after reviewing more than 40 hours of video and 1,600 pages of documents.
Police officers responding domestically to the call were greeted by an excited Blake who was holding a knife at the time, Graveley said. The officer believed Blake was going to “stab him with the knife” when trying to prevent him from escaping the scene, the prosecutor said.
“I don’t think the state … can prove that the privilege of self-defense is not available,” Graveley said as he announced his decision on Jan. 5.
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Officials responding to the house where Blake was shot tried to arrest him for violating a restraining order in an alleged sexual assault, the Post previously reported. He later pleaded not guilty to allegations that he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home on May 3 and sexually assaulted her before stealing her truck.
The charges were later dropped in a plea with prosecutors, and Blake was given two years probation.
Sheskey and the responding officers knew that Blake had an open warrant for sexual assault at the time, according to the shipping records and the Kenosha Professional Police Association.
With postal wires