DEMAND JUSTICE FOR JACOB BLAKE
“How many more of these tragic ‘while Black’ tragedies will it take until the racial profiling and undervaluing of Black lives by the police finally stops?”
– Ben Crump
On Sunday, August 23, Jacob, a Black man, was shot in the back seven times by police officers in Kenosha, WI. Reports indicate that the police were on the scene to respond to a domestic dispute, and the victim was attempting to help settle it.
A large group of people was present to witness the shooting, in addition to his fiancée and children, who were reportedly IN THE BACKSEAT OF THE VEHICLE AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING.
‘Though police did not provide details on the witnesses, [Atty Ben] Crump told CNN that Blake’s three young sons were inside the vehicle when their dad was shot.“They saw a cop shoot their father. They will be traumatized forever. We cannot let officers violate their duty to PROTECT us. Our kids deserve better!!” the attorney tweeted. – CNN
TRIGGER WARNING: This video of the shooting was widely circulated on social media. In the video, the victim can be seen walking to his car and opening the door before being restrained by a police officer and shot point-blank in the back.
As of the time of writing this, Blake is in serious condition.
TAKE A STAND FOR JACOB BLAKE
HERE ARE THE ACTIONS TO TAKE:
Call local officials to demand the police officers are held accountable:
- Kenosha City Attorney
- Kenosha Mayor and City Administration
- Kenosha Police Non Emergency Line
- Wisconsin DOJ
- Donate to the Milwaukee Freedom Fund which is extending support to protestors in Kenosha
- Sign this Change.org petition to make sure the cops who shot Jacob IN THE BACK are held accountable
The words of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers sum up the need for sweeping changes in government and police force policies:
“We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country—lives like those of George Floyd, of Breonna Taylor, Tony Robinson, Dontre Hamilton, Ernest Lacy, and Sylville Smith. And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites,”
“I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action. In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long.” – WI GOV TONY EVERS