Jacob Blake’s family says they’ll protest in DC and fight for justice in Congress until ‘we’re heard’ after no charges were bought against the officer who shot him

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Family members and supporters of Jacob Blake say they’ll continue to fight for justice after no charges were brought against the officer who shot him in Kenosha, Washington, in August, and said they hope to protest in Washington, DC, and speak in front of Congress.

“Now our battle must go in front of the Congress, it must go in front of the Senate,” Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr., told CNN on Tuesday. “We’re gonna protest right into the offices. We’re gonna go see Nancy [Pelosi] first… then we’ll go see the Senate ’til we’re seen, ’til we’re heard.”

Bishop Tavis Grant, the national field director of Rainbow Push, a Chicago-based nonprofit working toward social change, told CNN that the fight for justice will be “proactive.”

“Those who want to take to arms have failed at realizing civil rights has not been about taking lives, it’s been about saving lives,” he said.

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced on Tuesday that neither officer Rusten Sheskey — who shot Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, seven times in the back on August 23 — nor any other Kenosha police officer would be charged in connection to the shooting.

Sheskey had told investigators that he shot Blake in self-defense over fears Blake would stab him.

He and other officers were responding to a domestic dispute when the shooting happened. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump said Blake was getting into a car after breaking up a fight when he was shot by police.

Blake, who survived the shooting, is now paralyzed.

Crump, who is representing Blake’s family, said in a statement on Twitter that the decision not to charge officers involved in the shooting “failed not only Jacob and his family but the community that protested and demanded justice.”

“This isn’t the news we hoped for, but our work is not done and hope is not lost. We must broaden the fight for justice on behalf of Jacob Blake and the countless other Black victims of racial injustice and police brutality,” he said. “We will continue to press forward with our own investigation and fight for systemic change in policing and transparency at all levels. We urge Americans to continue to raise their voices and demand change in peaceful and positive ways during this emotional time.”

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