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No police will be charged for the shooting against Jacob Blake


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Police violence in the United States: No police will be charged for the shootings against Jacob Blake (Archives) – Morry Gash/AP/SIPA

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The police officers involved in the shootings which seriously injured the African-American Jacob Blake in August in Kenosha, will not be prosecuted, announced Tuesday the prosecutor in charge of this case which had rekindled anti-racist anger in the United States.

“No Kenosha agent will be charged (…) Based on the facts and the law, we have decided that no charges will be brought,” local prosecutor Michael Graveley said at a press conference .

The state of emergency declared

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Anticipating this announcement, the city council declared a state of emergency in this city of 100,000 inhabitants of the Great Lakes region and 500 members of the National Guard are ready to be deployed, if violence were to break out.

Jacob Blake, 29, was riddled with bullets on August 23 in front of his three sons as he tried to get into his car. Seriously injured, he lost the use of his legs.

The scene was filmed by a witness and the officers involved suspended from duty.

Strong mobilization in the United States

The case sparked three nights of riots in Kenosha and culminated on August 25 when a 17-year-old fired a semi-automatic rifle at three protesters, killing two. His arrest the next day brought a precarious calm to the city. This young man, Kyle Rittenhouse, was later released on bail of two million dollars. On Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty.

The file had led to a strong mobilization in the world of sport and on the political scene. Then presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Joe Biden had gone there.

The country has seen a historic protest movement against racism and police violence since the death of George Floyd, an African-American suffocated by a white policeman on May 25 in Minneapolis.


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