The policeman who seriously injured the black American Jacob Blake in August 2020 in Kenosha will not be prosecuted, the evidence gathered is “not sufficient to prove that the officer used excessive force”.
The US Department of Justice announced on Friday that there would be no federal prosecution of the policeman who, in August 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, seriously injured African-American Jacob Blake. A death that had rekindled anti-racist anger in the United States.
“The ministry made this decision because the evidence obtained is not sufficient to prove that the agent used excessive force, ” said a statement. On August 23, 2020, Jacob Blake was shot several times in the back in front of his three sons, when police tried to arrest him after receiving the report of a “marital incident”. The scene, posted on the internet, had revived the mobilization against police violence , only three months after the murder of African-American George Floyd , asphyxiated under the knee of a white agent in Minneapolis.
The case had also led to a strong mobilization in the world of sport , with the postponement of several NBA meetings in particular. In January 2021, the justice of the State of Wisconsin had already given up prosecuting the agents involved . Local prosecutor Michael Graveley had estimated that the author of the shootings was in self-defense because Jacob Blake “had resisted with a knife” to his arrest.