Kamala Harris on Blake shooting: “it seems the officer should be charged”

By: - August 28, 2020 12:17 pm
Kamala Harris -- serious look on her face

Kamala Harris by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 2.0 U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California.

Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, said she wants to see a thorough investigation into the shooting of Jacob Blake by Officer Rusten Sheskey, and “based on what I have seen, it seems the officer should be charged.”

Harris, a former prosecutor and California attorney general, made sure to point out that she did not have all the facts and evidence. But she described the police shooting as “the use of force that was seven bullets coming out of a gun at close range in the back of the man, I don’t see how anybody could reason that that was justifiable.”

“I don’t see it, but I don’t have all the evidence,” added Harris. “Everyone should be afforded due process … but here’s the thing, in America we know these cases keep happening. And we have had too many Black men in America who have been the subject of this kind of conduct and it’s got to stop.”

Harris and presidential Democratic nominee Joe Biden spent an hour on the phone with Blake’s father — Jacob Blake Sr. — on Wednesday. Blake Sr. told CNN felt like he was “speaking to my uncle and one of my sisters.” 

When he was asked if President Donald Trump had also called or otherwise tried to reach him, Blake Sr. replied,  “That’s a negative.”



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Melanie Conklin
Melanie Conklin

Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.