In 2020, during an arrest, Jacob Blake had been seriously injured in front of his three sons, which had rekindled anti-racist anger in the United States.
The prospect of a trial is even fading away. The US Department of Justice announced Friday, October 8, that there would be no federal prosecution against the policeman who seriously injured African-American Jacob Blake in August 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. “The evidence obtained is not sufficient to prove that the officer used excessive force”, justifies the ministry.
Jacob Blake had been 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. It had caused three nights of riots in Kenosha and culminated on August 25 when a man linked to self-defense militias fired at three protesters, killing two.
In January, the justice of the State of Wisconsin had already given up prosecuting the agents involved. The local prosecutor had considered that the author of the shootings was in self-defense because Jacob Blake “had resisted with a knife” to his arrest. The US government then recalled that the federal police were investigating to determine whether Jacob Blake’s civil rights had been violated.