The day after Jacob Blake was shot by police, Blake’s parents and high-profile attorneys moved quickly to own the narrative about what happened. Blake was there to break up a fight between two women, his attorney said, likely with the understanding that was a lie. He was unarmed, they said, another lie. The family played up their role in the civil rights movement, portraying themselves as martyrs at the hands of a fundamentally racist system.
So far, this has been a very profitable enterprise for them. Charity drives established on their son’s behalf have raised millions of dollars, with the help of the liberal corporate media and Democratic politicians, who have taken the family’s version of events as gospel and promoted them relentlessly as a sign of the “systemic racism” of “Trump’s America.” Democratic politicians refused to condemn the deadly riots in Kenosha that ensued, because the anger was justified, in their opinion.
The immediate spin job should have been the first clue that the situation was not as it seemed from the viral video. This is what criminal defense attorneys are trained to do when they know their client is in big trouble. Get to the jury first, whomever they may be, through the airwaves.
I knew the moment I heard the 911 call that summoned police to the residence that all of these “facts” were anything but. The woman who placed the call told dispatchers that Jacob Blake – yes, she referred to him by name – was at her house and “he wasn’t supposed to be.” She explained that she tried to flee the house and noticed her car keys and car were missing. Sensing something awful was about to happen to her, she called police for help. Do you think this is the first time police have had to intervene on her behalf against Jacob Blake?
When I heard those words “he wasn’t supposed to be” I guessed that she had a restraining order against him and that he had a history of causing her physical harm. That would also explain why police went in there loaded for bear and why they assumed (correctly) that he was armed and dangerous.
This was an individual who had had returned to a house that was the scene of past domestic disturbances, and the woman had a court order barring him from being there. He had active warrants for sexually assaulting the woman who lives at that address. That’s the police officers’ context. Before the shooting, Blake had physically wrestled with police officers, who failed to subdue him after he was tasered twice, as they were trying to arrest him for breaking a restraining order. He had taken at least a knife with him to her residence (the felony sexual assault charge / domestic violence charge would have prevented him under federal law from buying or possessing a gun).
In most states, the woman at the house would have been well within her rights to shoot Blake herself.
The cops involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake — which touched off a fresh wave of angry, anti-police sentiment across the country — were attempting to arrest him for violating a restraining order stemming from an alleged sexual assault, The Post has learned.
Blake, 29, was forbidden from going to the Kenosha home of his alleged victim from the May 3 incident, and police were dispatched Sunday following a 911 call saying he was there.
The responding officers were aware he had an open warrant for felony sexual assault, according to dispatch records and the Kenosha Professional Police Association, which released a statement on the incident on Friday.
That police union statement also claimed that Blake was armed with a knife at the time of the shooting — and had put one cop in a headlock and shrugged off two Taser attempts while resisting arrest.
Blake, who was paralyzed in the shooting, had been handcuffed to his hospital bed due to the warrant, which was vacated Friday, according to a statement released by his lawyer, Benjamin Crump. His restraints were removed, but he is still facing the criminal charges, Crump said.
Blake is accused in the criminal complaint, which was obtained by The Post, of breaking into the home of a woman he knew and sexually assaulting her.
The victim, who is only identified by her initials in the paperwork, told police she was asleep in bed with one of her children when Blake came into the room around 6 a.m. and allegedly said “I want my sh-t,” the record states.
She told cops Blake then used his finger to sexually assault her, sniffed it and said, “Smells like you’ve been with other men,” the criminal complaint alleges.
The officer who took her statement said she “had a very difficult time telling him this and cried as she told how the defendant assaulted her.”
The alleged victim said Blake “penetrating her digitally caused her pain and humiliation and was done without her consent” and she was “very humiliated and upset by the sexual assault,” the record states.
She told police she “was upset but collected herself” and then allegedly ran out the front door after Blake, the complaint says. She then realized her car was missing, checked her purse and saw the keys were missing and then “immediately called 911,” the complaint alleges.
The alleged victim told cops she has known him for eight years and claims that he physically assaults her “around twice a year when he drinks heavily.”
Police filed charges against him for felony sexual assault, trespassing and domestic abuse in July when a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On Sunday, within three minutes of responding to the 911 call, Blake was shot 7 times in the back as he attempted to get into his car.
Calls to Blake’s fiance, Crump and the Kenosha Police Department have gone unreturned.
This alleged assault had taken place weeks before the shooting. I haven’t seen anything verifying that Blake’s kids were actually in the car when the shooting happened, but I assume that would have been debunked by now if it were not true. It seems a bit crazy that he would take his kids with him to the house of a woman with a restraining order against him, whom he likes to beat the shit out of on a semiannual basis, and then leave them in the car while he goes to do his dirty work. Apparently he has no problem sexually assaulting a woman in front her children, however, so I guess that’s par for the course with this chap.
As the media and Democratic politicians amplified the family’s lies about this encounter across the nation, they bear significant responsibility for the week of violence that has resulted in unthinkable devastation for thousands of people.
For this, random people in the city of Kenosha (and other cities) lost their life’s work and have been scared out of their minds for several days. For this, other people were shot and killed. Because we have dangerous political movements in this country looking for any excuse, however insane and factually incorrect, to begin their own Clockwork Orange-ish ultra-violence. This garbage has to end.
Update: The Daily Mail has posted the full criminal complaint here. The main thing I find interesting is that in both calls to police (May 3 and the event that led to the shooting) the woman claims he has stolen her keys and car. After the alleged assault, she declined to be seen by a forensic nurse examiner. The report says she signed a Waiver of a Temporary Restraining Order document. I can’t tell if that means she declined to follow through on a restraining order (in which case the New York Post reporting above is incorrect) or requested a waiver of fees (which is common in cases where a victim cannot afford to pay for legal fees) (?) Whatever it all means, the cops were very familiar with this address and expected a violent confrontation was happening.