Kamala Harris Calls for the Officer Who Shot Jacob Blake To Be Charged

Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris believes it would be appropriate for officer Rusten Sheskey, who shot Jacob Blake, to be charged.

During an interview on NBC’s “Today” that aired on Friday, Harris was asked by Craig Melvin, “Is there a scenario in which that officer would have been justified … was justified in firing his weapon?”

“I don’t see it, but I don’t have all the evidence,” Harris responded. “The man was going to his car. He didn’t appear to be armed. And if he was not armed, the use of force that was seven bullets coming out of a gun at close range in the back of the man, I don’t see anybody could reason that that was justifiable.”

When asked if she believes Sheskey should be charged, Harris said, “I think that there should be a thorough investigation. And based on what I’ve seen, it seems like the officer should be charged.”

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Melvin noted that the Wisconsin Justice Department said law enforcement officials recovered a knife from Blake’s vehicle and that he was not complying with the officers’ commands. 

Police officers also used a taser to subdue Blake, however, officials said it was not effective. 

“Everyone should be afforded due process,” Harris said. “But here’s the thing, in America, we know these cases keep happening.”

“And we have had too many Black men in American who have been the subject of this kind of conduct. And it’s gotta stop,” she added.

Blake was shot seven times from behind in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday night.

Police officers said they responded to a domestic incident call, which culminated in the shooting of Blake. 

According to the Wisconsin Justice Department, officers used a taser, but it was ineffective. Officials also say Blake admitted he had a knife at some point prior to the shooting.

A video that surfaced online shows Blake walking to the driver’s side door of his vehicle while the officers can be heard yelling commands. As he opened the door, Sheskey grabbed Blake’s shirt.

The video shows Blake leaning into the vehicle, at which point, Sheskey fires his weapon. Wisconsin officials say law enforcement discovered a knife on the driver’s side floorboard.

However, Blake’s lawyer has questioned if he was in possession of a knife and says he was not a threat to law enforcement. 

As of Friday morning, Sheskey has not been charged. 

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and other agencies are investigating the incident. 

Responses

  1. Shut the hell up Kamala. You remind me of someone else in power that made similar remarks during the Ferguson fiasco.
    The plain and simple truth is, if you don’t want to be harmed, DON’T RESIST ARREST!!!!
    Why is that so DIFFICULT for black men to understand??? It’s nothing but common sense that anyone should understand. If you’re acting in a threatening manner, you’ll pay the consequences. These situations aren’t video games where you can jump up and keep playing. This is REAL life and the bullets are REAL!! A cop is not going to let you get the drop on him, they are trained to react to a life threatening situation with deadly force. It’s called kill or be killed.

  2. “Has there been a single incident yet where one of these poor, little innocent black people who didn’t do nothing wrong hasn’t deserved what they got?” Sean

    Breonna Taylor. You asked for one name.

  3. Has there been a single incident yet where one of these poor, little innocent black people who didn’t do nothing wrong hasn’t deserved what they got? Just because you’re black doesn’t give you carte blanche to act the fool and not expect consequences for your actions. Jacob Taylor, along with every other one of them who has been shot by police, are scum bags who deserved what they got because of their own stupidity. When your culture has deteriorated so badly that the best people you can champion as role models for your community are thugs, rapists, and gang bangers, that pretty much tells you everything you need to know about why you’re in the predicament that you are. Where are the strong black moms whooping these kids a**es when they are younger so they don’t turn into criminals when they grow up? These same people that are being championed by black people wouldn’t hesitate for a minute to commit a crime against their fellow black person. In fact, 100% of them have already committed violent acts against black people which is why they are in the predicament with the police that they find themselves in the first place. The entire narrative is so upside down that it would be laughable if these a**holes weren’t violent. And the Democrat Mayors and Governors just allow it all to continue for nothing but their own political ambition. Sick, Sick, Sick. Why the Democrat Party is taken seriously by anyone any longer is beyond me.

  4. Sadly KAMALA Harris is unfit to make any such assertions……this woman is morally corrupt and bankrupt, Soulless Godless and unfit to be the Vice President of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    Please read the tome by her married EXLOVER, Mr Willie Brown on just how Madam Harris moved on up into the CALIFORNICATION democrat hierarchy .

  5. But, but….Blake was an innocent man.
    All he did was violate a restraining order to stay away from that house.
    All he did to get the restraining order against him was to sexually molest a 15 year old girl.
    He knew he was going to jail so he figured he would take down a police officer.
    He would have a better “street cred” that way.

  6. Would like to know how many people writing on this blog, if pulled over or stopped by a Police Officer would run, argue, fight, resist, steal the officers sidearm or taser, etc………?

    Normal people who are either innocent or realize they have done wrong, have enough common sense to comply with the officers commands and answer their questions. The perp knows they are either going to jail or will have their day in court should a summons or arrest or they are charged with a crime or have warrants. There in court, is where they will discover their fate………and for those who would rather shoot at the cops, or bust them in the mouth and run……well……your odds that it’s not going to end well have been proven, over and over and over and over and over!!!! But I guess some never learn!!! The cop might not needed to shoort 7 times, but how is he to know he is not the perps next victim? Why didn’t he respond to the officers in a common sense way, specially when they indicated with a taser they were not fooling around? He just kept resisting by walking away towards his car in the short 8 seconds I watched the video. Had he stopped and maybe even allowed them to handcuff him I would lay money on him not taking any lead. And had he then been shot the police officer would have been in real deep trouble making the systemic race argument undeniable!!!

  7. Jacob Blake brought the shooting on himself. He refused to obey a lawful order from the officers.
    The officers were dispatched to the scene in response to a call for help, they didn’t just rush up and shoot Mr. Blake.

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