dateline: August 29, 2020
Jacob Blake Shooting in Kenosha 08/23/2020
He walks leisurely around the car to the drivers door, officers following, one with gun drawn and pointed at his back. As he opens the door the officer now grabs him by the shirt trying to prevent him from entering the vehicle. Up until this point he is no threat to the officers. As he leans into the vehicle the officer begins shooting, seven times in the back!
Unlike other times when officers are panicked and have emptied their guns in the direction of Black persons holding cell phones or wallets mistaken for weapons and missed their target with the majority of shots, Officer Rusten Sheskey did not miss a shot!
What happened? What was said? Was Blake drunk and did not know the officers were trying to get his attention?
He is said to have acknowledged that he had a knife in the car. Was he going to get it and present it to the officers? Or was he walking around the car to get in it and leave? There were three officers there. Why didn't they just grab him? Did one of the officers scream as he opened the driver's side door, don't let him get the knife!" Wouldn't a single shot in the back of the leg have been enough to stop his progress?
Is human life so despised that seven bullets were necessary to ensure that it was snuffed out? Or is it only Black lives that are so despised?
Genesis 9:1-6 (NIV) 1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. 4 "But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. 6 "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.