A lawyer representing the police union in the American city of Kenosha made a statement on Friday (local time) about the shooting of black American Jacob Blake. According to the statement written by the Kenosha News newspaper, Blake behaved aggressively before he was shot last Sunday.
“The completely fictitious version of the incident, coming from people who do not know exactly what happened, is extremely damaging and to no one’s advantage. All she does is spread a misleading story,” it says in the statement.
A police officer shot Blake seven times on Sunday trying to arrest him. Blake survived the shooting, but is paralyzed from the waist down and is still in the hospital. The incident, which was recorded on video, led to continued unrest in Kenosha, in the state of Wisconsin.
According to the statement, prior to the arrest, the police were informed of an outstanding warrant for Blake’s arrest for domestic violence and assault. The police would have been called because he was trying to steal someone’s car keys. The lawyer denies the story that Blake would have tried to end a fight prior to the arrest.
Blake would have acted aggressively during the arrest and held one of the officers in a head clamp. The lawyer also denies that Blake was unarmed.
“He was carrying a knife. The cops didn’t see that at first. They then repeatedly ordered him to drop the knife, but he did not follow the instructions.”
Blake’s lawyers deny the allegations made by the police union. According to them, the explanation is a tactic to justify the incident.