Barnes Rips Kenosha DA On Blake Shooting
A non-prosecuting DA "as negligent as the officers,” Lt. Governor charges.
Many public officials weighed in on the decision announced Tuesday afternoon by Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley not to criminally charge Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, who shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back.
Gov. Tony Evers stopped short of commenting on the decision itself, opting instead to reiterate that more work needs to be done to combat racism and make our state more equitable.
“Today’s decision is further evidence that our work is not done,” said Evers. “I reaffirm my commitment to action to build a more just, more equitable state for every Wisconsinite.”
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, however, went directly after the district attorney and his decision not to prosecute Sheskey.
“I wish I could say that I’m shocked. It’s another instance in a string of misapplications of justice,” said Barnes on his personal Twitter account. “It keeps happening, and there’s always a new excuse. The non-prosecuting DAs are as negligent as the officers in these situations.
“What is video evidence anyway if they just watch it and interpret things other than reality?
“Police accountability is one thing, but there’s a much deeper failure that allows a person to see the footage and ultimately determine nothing went wrong. And honestly if the DA did charge the officer, people would have talked about how bold the decision was.
“That’s where we are. That’s how bad it is. Just doing the right thing will get you all the kudos. This is ridiculous.”
Reprinted with permission of Wisconsin Examiner.
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