BLOC Statement on the shooting of Jacob Blake
Once again, we as a Black people have to bear the trauma of witnessing yet another unarmed Black person be shot by a police officer. We stand with Jacob Blake and his family, which includes his own children who watched as their father was gunned down, and wish him a speedy and healthy recovery.
There is no other way to describe this other than attempted murder, and we fully expect DEMOCRATIC Kenosha District Attorney Michael Gravely to charge and prosecute him as expeditiously as possible. To not do so would be another slap to the face of the Black community and could have disastrous consequences.
The only way to end police brutality is to invest into our futures. Invest into our lives so that we can live healthy, long, thriving lives, instead of living in fear that at any moment our lives will be taken if we move the wrong way. Investing in our futures, by removing power from police departments, honors the memory of those who were not as fortunate: Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tyrese West, Sylville Smith, Dontre Hamilton, Ernest Lacey and many others.
As it happens we’re at a critical time to address this in the City of Milwaukee. Tomorrow Mayor Tom Barrett will present his outline of the current state of the city budget. We expect him to stick to his usual lines of the state reducing shared revenues, the large upcoming pension payment and need for more taxes, plus the impact of COVID. At a time when we need more investments into services and neighborhoods we can expect to see Mayor Barrett propose less.
We’re living in unprecedented times that call for unprecedented efforts. It’s time to think beyond the status quo solutions that have been put forward for decades and dig deep to address the fundamental needs and demands of the people and ensure that no one is ever harmed at the hands of police again.
- Kenosha Activists Arrested During Protest of Jacob Blake - Henry Redman - May 6th, 2021
- Body Cameras Key To Charges Against Police - Corri Hess - May 4th, 2021
- Wisconsin Police Donated to Officer that Shot Jacob Blake - Jenny Peek and Corrinne Hess - Apr 16th, 2021
- Kenosha activists respond to tonight’s Officer Sheskey announcement - Leaders of Kenosha - Apr 13th, 2021
- Kenosha Police Department Statement on Officer Rusten Sheskey’s Return From Administrative Leave - Kenosha Police Department - Apr 13th, 2021
- Jacob Blake Sues Kenosha Officer Who Shot Him - Corri Hess - Mar 26th, 2021
- Community Leaders Lament Jacob Blake Decision - PrincessSafiya Byers - Jan 9th, 2021
- Rep. Robyn Vining Responds to Kenosha DA Decision - State Rep. Robyn Vining - Jan 7th, 2021
- Body Cameras Would Have Helped Jacob Blake Shooting Investigation - Corri Hess - Jan 7th, 2021
- Joint Statement on Charging Decision in Jacob Blake Case - Milwaukee Common Council - Jan 6th, 2021
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