The US Department of Justice announced Friday, October 8 that there would be no federal prosecution of the policeman who, in August 2020 in Kenosha, seriously injured African-American Jacob Blake, rekindling anti-racist anger in the states -United. “The ministry made this decision because the evidence obtained was not sufficient to prove that the officer used excessive force.“, According to a press release.
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On August 23, 2020, Jacob Blake was shot several times in the back in front of his three sons, when the police tried to arrest him for domestic violence. The scene, posted on the internet, had revived the mobilization against police violence, three months after the murder of African-American George Floyd, asphyxiated under the knee of a white agent in Minneapolis.
«Not enough evidence»
It had sparked three nights of riots in Kenosha, a town in the Great Lakes region, and culminated on August 25 when a 17-year-old young man linked to self-defense militias fired a semi-automatic rifle at three demonstrators, killing two people. The case had also led to a strong mobilization in the world of sport, with the postponement of several NBA meetings in particular.
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In January 2021, the justice of the State of Wisconsin had already given up prosecuting the agents involved. Local prosecutor Michael Graveley had considered that the author of the shootings was in self-defense because Jacob Blake “had resisted with a knifeTo his questioning. The US government then recalled that the federal police (FBI) was investigating to determine if the civil rights of Jacob Blake had been violated.
Officers analyzed numerous documents, including “police reports, witness statements, photos, videos …“. But finally, “senior federal prosecutors concluded there was not enough evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer willfully violated civil rightsBy Jacob Blake, according to the ministry.