At a rally on Saturday, Aug.29, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the incident in which Jacob Blake was shot seven times by police, a black activist speaking to the public said that African Americans have to take revenge on whites every time they killed one of their community, The Blaze reported.
Kenosha has been the focus of protests that ended in riots with two deaths in the last week after police in an attempt to take Blake into custody shot him in the back, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
According to Kenosha News, at a rally on Saturday, several people spoke out calling for justice for Blake and their messages were mostly peaceful. However, at the end of the event, someone who could not be identified but was introduced as “the president” changed the tone of the demonstration.
The person said, “The black man is worth something. His life is worth something. I have to say God damn it—if you kill one of us, it’s time for us to kill one of yours. I know everybody don’t want to hear that. But damn why are we the ones who have to keep burying ours and got to keep clean for you to see us as being human? We ain’t never did nothing to nobody.”
However, according to the statement by Dr. Matthews, an attorney for the Kenosha police union, the context in which Blake was shot is far from how the incident is being described in some media and on the internet, where they claim that the police shot an unarmed black man.
On the afternoon of Aug. 24, Kenosha police responded to a call from a woman who reported that Blake was in her home illegally.
Available videos show Blake fighting with several police officers. After getting rid of the police, he goes to his car, opens the door, allegedly to pull out a knife, and that’s when he gets shot.
According to Matthews’s statement, there was a warrant for Blake’s arrest for third-degree sexual assault. Officers attempted to subdue him with tasers but were unsuccessful. He was then repeatedly warned not to resist, but he did not obey. Finally, the attempted arrest ended with a last resort for the police, the use of his statutory gun.
These calls to violence do not go unnoticed. Two days ago, in Portland an antifa member shot and killed a man from the Patriot Prayer group after identifying him as he walked down the street. According to YouTuber and political commentator Tim Pool, this incident has shocked the community.