The mother of Jacob Blake, a black man whose police-involved shooting ignited riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, said Tuesday, Aug. 25, that she has the “utmost respect” for President Donald Trump and apologized to the president for missing his call.
“For our President Trump, First, I want to say a family member, and I don’t know if it was heard or not, said something that was not kind. She is hurting, and I do apologize for that. Our outburst does not reflect our behavior,” Julia Jackson said during an interview on CNN.
“And then, also for President Trump, I’m sorry I missed your call because had I not missed your call, maybe the comments that you made would have been different. And I’m not mad at you at all. I have utmost respect for you as the leader of our country. Like I said before, and I’m not saying this to him directly, we should always get the details from the right source before we start throwing bricks,” she added.
Blake was shot several times in the back by a police officer during an arrest stemming from a domestic dispute in Kenosha on Sunday. He is paralyzed from the waist down and is undergoing surgery, according to his family’s lawyer.
Officers involved in the incident have been placed on administration leave and the Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the shooting.
Officials said Wednesday that Blake had a knife inside his car when he was shot but declined to elaborate on preliminary details.
Since the shooting, the city has seen three long nights of violence and destruction, with two people being fatally shot and another wounded on Tuesday night.
During the interview, Jackson slammed the rioters who are using her son’s name as an excuse to loot and burn property.
“My family and I are very hurt and quite frankly disgusted,” she said. “And as his mother, please don’t burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son’s name. You shouldn’t do it. People shouldn’t do it anyway, but to use my child or any other mother or father’s child, our tragedy to react in that manner is just not acceptable.”
It is unclear what the comments were by President Trump that Jackson was referring to. The president has not commented publicly on Blake’s shooting but his campaign communications manager Tim Murtaugh said the president “was briefed a number of times about that,” and he is “in contact with local authorities,” according to Fox News.
President Trump said Wednesday that he will send federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha to restore “law and order.”
“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets,” the president tweeted. “My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance. (Portland should do the same!)”
“TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!” tweeted the president.
…TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2020
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) confirmed his cooperation with the federal government on Wednesday.
“I can confirm the governor spoke with Mark Meadows this morning,” a representative for Evers said in a statement Wednesday. “The federal government is planning to assist in facilitating conversations with other state partners and provide FBI support to our state response.”