Jacob Blake’s father says he “spent about an hour trying to find the ropes so I don’t fall down” on Friday in the wake of Kyle Rittenhouse’s decision.
Running news: A mostly white jury found Rittenhouse, a white 18-year-old, not guilty in the August 2020 fatal shooting of two people who attended demonstrations in support of Jacob Blake, who was shot by a Kenosha police officer.
- On Friday afternoon, Blake’s father, Jacob Blake, Jr. – “Big Jake,” as he is commonly called – received a text that changed his perspective.
- “Guilty,” it read.
message came from Laurie Beau, whose son Cameron Lamb, a 26-year-old black man, was killed by police in his own backyard in Kansas City in 2019.
- found a missouri judge Kansas City Police Detective, Eric DeValkenaire, Guilty Committed involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.
- DeValkenaere claimed that Lamb was pointing the gun at his partner. Prosecutors charged at the crime scene, which included a firearm outside the vehicle, was staged and evidence was imposed.
- ,That’s where the national vision should have been,” Big Jake said of Lamb’s decision.
Between the lines: Big Jake says he struggles to see if justice was served in his son’s case or in the Rittenhouse ruling.
- In the days following Blake’s police firing, details emerged that a warrant had been issued for her arrest the summer before on charges of third-degree sexual assault and misconduct.
- Last November, they allege dropped in a plea deal,
- Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley declined to charge the officer who shot Blake, Ruston Shesky, saying evidence showed Blake was turning to the officer with a knife.
- Viral video of Blake’s shooting showed him not facing the officer when he was shot in the back.
big picture: Blake, now 30, is paralyzed from the waist down.
- Two nights after Blake was shot, Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, brought an AR-15-style rifle to the Kenosha protests, saying he wanted to protect the property and provide first aid. He killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gage Grosskretz. All three are white.
- Juries ruled Friday that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.
“It Never Stops” Big Jake told Nerdshala on Saturday morning.
- “We understand that this is a society built on systemic racism. There was no way they were going to blame that white man for murdering two other white men who tried to get out to support a black man. Had the courage.”
Bottom-line: Big Jake believes those cautious were excited by Friday’s decision and results.
- “Now it’s okay to say that they felt threatened and could kill people in a crowd,” he says. “So all those death threats that I’ve received over the past year and a half, they can kill me if they want to, if they just say they feel threatened by me.”
- “It’s not going to stop me,” said Big Jake. “I’m not going to sleep wrapped in my cover. We must keep fighting.”
go in: axios charlottes interview with big jake Back in September of 2020.