The police officer who allegedly shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last month reportedly did so after hearing a woman say about Blake, “He’s got my kid. He’s got my keys.”
Police Officer Rusten Sheskey said he shot Blake “because he was afraid Blake, while attempting to flee the scene, was trying to kidnap a child in the backseat of the vehicle,” CNN reported in an article titled, “Lawyer says cop shot Jacob Blake after hearing a mother’s desperate plea: ‘He’s got my kid. He’s got my keys.’”
Sheskey’s attorney, Brendan Matthews, noted that if Blake had been allowed to drive away and something happened to the child, the entire narrative would be about why the officer didn’t do something to stop Blake.
“Matthews told CNN he typically does not talk about pending cases but said he felt compelled to provide some additional detail to counter what he described as an ‘incomplete, inaccurate’ narrative that has emerged to date,” CNN added. “Matthews directly disputed assertions by Blake’s family and lawyers that he was unarmed and posed no threat to the officers.”
The shooting sparked left-wing riots that caused more than $50 million in damage in the swing state with just weeks to go until the November election.
“Matthews said a second officer at the scene, whom he also represents, provided investigators with a similar account of Blake turning toward Sheskey with a knife in his hand immediately prior to the shooting. That officer said he too would have opened fire but did not have a clear angle, according to the lawyer,” CNN added. “Authorities have said Blake had a knife in his possession and the weapon was found on the floorboard of the vehicle.”
Attorney General William Barr said earlier this month that Blake “was in the midst of committing a felony and he was armed” when he was shot by law enforcement.
Blake had a felony warrant out for his arrest stemming from an alleged sexual assault, which police were aware of when they showed up at the home on the day he was later shot.
The New York Post reported:
Blake is accused in the criminal complaint, which was obtained by The Post, of breaking into the home of a woman he knew and sexually assaulting her.
The victim, who is only identified by her initials in the paperwork, told police she was asleep in bed with one of her children when Blake came into the room around 6 a.m. and allegedly said, “I want my sh-t,” the record states.
She told cops Blake then used his finger to sexually assault her, sniffed it and said, “Smells like you’ve been with other men,” the criminal complaint alleges.
The officer who took her statement said she “had a very difficult time telling him this and cried as she told how the defendant assaulted her.”
Democrat vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) reportedly told Blake while visiting him in the hospital that she was “proud of him.”
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