Kenosha police union lawyer Brendan Matthews released a statement Friday about the incident in which police shot Jacob Blake on Sunday, Aug. 23, that sparked protests and riots in the city this week and has already claimed two lives and several injuries, Fox News reported.
“The purely fictional depiction of events coming from those without direct knowledge of what actually occurred is incredibly harmful, and provides no benefit to anyone whatsoever, other than to perpetuate a misleading narrative,” Matthews stated.
Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old African American man from the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was shot seven times by police officer Rusten Sheskey who was trying to take him into custody after receiving a domestic complaint call. Blake was paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting.
The partial video of the incident that went viral and triggered the violent protests does not show the moments before the police shots. A situation very similar to what happened with the death of George Floyd, in which before knowing the full details of the incident and only showing the moment when cop Dereck Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd, the media and Black Lives Matters activists called for protest, which later resulted in looting, destruction, and even deaths.
It was not until recently that an autopsy revealed that Floyd had fatal levels of fentanyl in his blood and in a full video of the incident, George Floyd himself asks the cops to keep him on the ground rather than inside the police car.
Dr. Matthews said Blake was armed with a knife and fought with the police, even going so far as place a headlock one of them, Kenosha News reported. Similarly, state investigators reported that Blake had a knife, which was later recovered from the floor of his car, according to FOX 6 in Milwaukee.
Dr. Matthews said that officers who responded to the call first tried to subdue Blake with Tasers and repeatedly warned him to drop the knife, but he would not heed.
Blake’s attorney said that his client was there to deter a domestic fight and that he was not armed. However, the Department of Justice explained that the police responded to a call from a woman who said her boyfriend was in her house and that he was not supposed to be there.
Jacob Blake had a warrant for his arrest for a domestic violence incident that included a charge of third-degree sexual assault, Matthews said.
Police are required to take into custody individuals who have arrest warrants, and this was the case with Jacob Blake.