He’s one reason Kenosha burned.
UPDATE: POLICE OFFICER SHOT 12:30 a.m. Sunday 10-10-21 on State Street. Expected to survive. (Will Tony and Satya send Get Well cards?)
Yesterday (10-08-21), the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, announced there was no cause to prosecute the white Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake, a black man, in the line of duty on 23 August 2020. Joe Biden’s Justice Department!
“This is not surprising,” retired law professor Ann of Althouse observes, “because there was evidence that the man, Jacob Blake, had a knife, tasering hadn’t stopped him, he was getting into a car that had children inside, and — based on the call to the police and prior incidents — it was a domestic abuse case.” Remember that Blake had been charged with sexually assaulting the children’s mother and that she had obtained a restraining order.
Evers called police ‘merciless’
Which means that Gov. Tony Evers should apologize for his rush to judgment. But won’t. Kenosha burned in the aftermath, in no small part because the governor of Wisconsin fanned the flames by not differentiating Jacob Blake’s shooting from George Floyd’s. Evers that very day “condemned the police shooting of Jacob Blake,” WTMJ News reported.
“Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin,” Evers said in the statement. … “While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.”
“We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country—lives like those of George Floyd, of Breonna Taylor, Tony Robinson, …”
Police officer is now twice cleared
The officer had already been cleared by state and Kenosha County officials. In January 2021, after a five-month review, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley, a Democrat, cleared the police officer of criminal wrongdoing. Based that conclusion, in part, on a review by retired Madison WI police chief Noble Wray, a black man. Not good enough for Tony Evers, Woke Democrat. The national headline on 01-05-21:
‘Wisconsin governor slams decision to not charge officers in Jacob Blake shooting.’
Tony was not done yet stirring up sympathy for the law breaker and castigating the police. On the one-year anniversary, Evers felt the need to remind voters of his Woke bonafides by expressing his condolences to … Jacob Blake.
“One year ago today, Jacob Blake’s life was forever changed. While we are grateful Jacob survived his injuries, we also know Jacob, his kids, and his family have and will face challenges they never imagined having to endure. …
“Wisconsin has taken important steps to increase transparency for use of force policies and incidents, limit the use of chokeholds, and require state-managed law enforcement agencies to update their use of force policies, but this is only the beginning. We must remain resolved in addressing the systemic racism and inequities Black Wisconsinites face every day …”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Still waiting for Tony to castigate Biden’s Department of Justice. Or apologize to the police officer.
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Madison this year has managed to hire only 24 of the 34 people it was authorized to add in a budget year that reduced the number of sworn officers by four, after hiring 50 in each of the past two years. Police chief Shon Barnes points to the COVID-19 pandemic and a souring of attitudes toward law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd’s murder as being among the main factors hurting recruitment. — Chris Rickert in the Wisconsin State Journal.