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Kenosha, Wisconsin D.A. Michael Graveley has guts and a real sense of justice. Because of that he rightly would not bring charges against a police officer doing his duty. Many will howl. But Graveley did the right thing.
FNC: "The Wisconsin police officer involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake last year, igniting several days of unrest that included two fatal shootings, will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said Tuesday. The officer who fired, Rusten Sheskey, 31, and the other officers will not be charged, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said during a news conference. He said the decision was based on evidence that was not captured on widely shared cellphone footage of the Aug. 23 shooting. Graveley said Blake, 29, was armed with a knife that was not visible in the video footage and admitted to having one during the incident. Statements that he was unarmed contradict what Blake, who had an active felony warrant for his arrest at the time of the shooting, told authorities, he said."
"He even tells us at different times he had the knife in different hands,"
Graveley said. "So he arms himself with a knife and refuses to drop that knife...It's a narrow task today, it's a legal and professional task. Everybody has seen the video and so from their perspective, they have tried this case at their computer screen or from their living room."
"At any time during his interaction with the officers, Mr. Blake could have and should have complied with their lawful orders,"
Pete Deates, president of the Kenosha Professional Police Association, said. "If he had, nobody, including the entire Kenosha community would have had to endure the pain and suffering that ensued."
But those who would defund police and would defend armed violent encounters with law enforcement were not happy with Graveley's decision.
Blake's father said, "We must abolish the right for policemen to be seen on a higher plane than citizens of the United States. You cannot have a Bill of Rights for the police and then have a Bill of Rights for the people."
Wisconsin Democrat Governor Tony Evers said Tuesday's decision was "further evidence that our work is not done — we must work each day in earnest toward a more just, more fair, and more equitable state and country, and to combat the racism experienced by black Wisconsinites."
"We feel this decision not only failed Jacob and his family, but the community that protested and demanded justice,"
Lawyer Ben Crump said. "This sends the wrong message to police officers throughout the country. It says it's OK for police to abuse their power and recklessly shoot their weapon, destroying the life of someone who was trying to protect his children."
It says no such thing. It says idiots who arm themselves with knives when interacting with police officers should not expect the officers to take it lightly.