White police officer Sheskey shot the 29-year-old black Blake in response to a domestic incident on August 23, 2020. Blake survived the shooting but was paralyzed from the waist.
Gregory Bennett Jr., the founder of the militant group, said: “The city of Kenosha has failed Kenosha.” Street Peace Kenosha Company “Kenosha does not love citizens like citizens love Kenosha.”
the next day After the shooting, the state government established a racial difference task force. But in the months that followed, hardly any measures were taken to resolve the community’s mistrust of the police.
Some people in the community say this is not enough.
Radicals call for the end of Siski
Sheskey and others involved in the Blake shooting were taken on administrative leave after the shooting.
Some activists said they wanted to make some accusations, especially because Blake was shot and killed in front of his children.
Bennett-Bey said: “They can at least impose excessive force or other accusations on him (Sheskey).” “They accuse him of nothing.”
Others said they wanted the police to expel Siski.
Human rights activist Vaun Mayes said: “I have had some discussions with my family and I am considering making a complaint to investigate the official.”
At a press conference on Tuesday, District Attorney Graveley pointed out the fact that Blake had a knife-and stated that Siski used the correct force in this situation.
CNN approached the city of Kenosha and its police station and asked Mayor John Antaramian and Police Chief Daniel Miskinis to comment.
The city spokesperson provided CNN with a joint statement from the City Police Department on January 5, stating that all personnel are still on administrative leave.
“Before the events of August 23, we have been walking a path here. We have been convening citizens to have frank discussions about the future of the community. I assure you that the mission will continue,” Antaramian Say in the video
Miskinis said that the use of force by the police deserves closer inspection.
He said: “Across the country, it has been clear that we need to redouble our efforts on police community relations.” “In Kenosha, we are committed to doing better, building better relationships and increasing trust.”
Although local officials conveyed a message of peace and unity, activists stated that their actions speak louder than words before the local prosecutor makes a decision.
A task force known as the “Dog and Pony” performance
Even before Blake shot, Democratic Gov. Evers (Evs) tried to move the legislature to discuss criminal justice reform and take action.
Voss said in the statement: “We know that Wisconsin can move forward together by listening to and learning from each other.”
Bennet told CNN that the meeting actually made no sense to him.
He said: “We can have a meeting, but if there is nothing in the meeting, then there is nothing.”
Bennett-Bey said she has participated in many meetings and hearings-but she said she believes the community needs to be more involved in the legislative process.
She said: “Either we hear our voices when marching in the street, or we hear our voices at these meetings.”
The Blakes plan to go to Washington
Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr., said that when the National Guard is called, the family is not expected to be charged.
Blake’s father Jacob Blake Sr. said at a press conference on Tuesday: “Now our battle must be before Congress. It must be before the Senate.”
“We will protest into the office. Let’s meet Nancy (Pelosi) first… Then we go to the Senate’until we are seen,’ until we are heard.”
Bishop Tavis Grant, National Field Director of Rainbow PUSH, a non-profit organization established in Chicago by Pastor Jesse Jackson, told CNN that he and the Blake family plan to be “active and not passive.”
Grant said: “Those who want to take weapon action but fail to realize civil rights are not saving lives, but saving lives.”
Human rights activists say that in terms of families, they are still seeking change for the community.
Bennett said: “Everyone who walks, every lobbyist, everyone urges people to vote, and everyone who urges people to do something finds it futile.”
“Everyone who really has a voice and feels that they are heard will be vomited. If you want us to feel heard, you have to write and revise these laws to protect citizens.”
CNN’s Kelsie Smith, Omar Jimenez, Kay Jones, Nicole Chavez and Madeline Holcombe contributed to this report.