The initial report issued by the Wisconsin Department of Justice has confirmed what most reasonable people already knew: Jacob Blake was not reaching for a gun at the time of his shooting.
The report clearly states that Jacob was not in possession of a firearm nor was there a firearm in the car.
This particular rumor began circulating on Twitter by racists who wanted to provide an excuse for the shooting (for which there is none).
The report by the DOJ also confirmed the timeline of events that we already knew: the police were called to the scene after a woman claimed her boyfriend was on the property without permission, the police tased Jacob, and then the police officer shot Jacob seven times in the back after Jacob opened his car door.
The report comes mere days after the Kenosha Police Union claimed there was “more to the story” and that we should withhold judgment. However, it’s clear at this point that we’ve had the facts all along.
Despite the situation being pretty cut and dried, the Wisconsin DOJ will continue their investigation.
According to the report,
“[The Department of Criminal Investigation] is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to a prosecutor following a complete and thorough investigation.”
It’s unclear what other possible evidence they could review as the police officers were not wearing body cams at the time.
Jacob Blake is currently in the hospital and is paralyzed from the waist down. He is also suffering from liver and kidney damage.
Meanwhile, the officer who shot him, Rusten Sheskey, is on administrative leave and has not been arrested yet.