Here we are in 2021, and we are learning that yet again another cop will not be facing charges after firing shots into another civilian. Jacob Blake was shot 7 times in the back which left him paralyzed, and yet the cop that shot him will not be facing any criminal charges. District attorney Michael Graveley sadly announced the news.
Gravely says that because Blake was armed with a “razor blade-type knife” that Officer Sheskey feared that he was about to be attacked and did what any “reasonable officer” would do in that situation. “It’s really evidence about the perspective of Officer Sheskey at each moment and what would a reasonable officer do at each moment,” Graveley said. “Almost none of those things are answered in that deeply disturbing video that we’ve all seen. … Officer Sheskey felt he was about to be stabbed.”
As expected, Blakes family was in shock after learning the news. “Rocks and glass, that’s what we received today,” Blake’s uncle, Justin Blake, said of the announcement. Jacob Blake’s attorneys expressed that Gravely’s unjust decision would cause serious consequences for the community and the justice system at large.
“We believe all of the elements of attempted homicide were met and we believe the city and community is being deprived of their constitutional right to be the trier of fact,” attorney B’Ivory LaMarr expressed in a statement. “In 2021, it shows one very important thing, and that is that there are three justice systems in America: There’s one for Black and brown people, one for police officers, and one for the rest of the America. And we won’t stop until there is truly one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.”