On Sunday, Democrat Vice President-nominee Kamala Harris visited Kenosha, WI, to hold court at the bedside of Jacob Blake.
Blake, if you recall, is the man shot in the back seven times by Kenosha police. While his shooting, based on a very incomplete video and accounting of events, set off days of riots in Kenosha by Antifa thugs LARPing as outraged Black people, we have since learned a lot more about the affair.
This is the video that kicked off the riots:
WARNING: this video is extremely graphic.
Police in Kenosha, Wisconsin appear to shoot a man seven times in the back at point blank range after he ignores commands. We’re no other non-lethal methods considered, @KenoshaPolice?
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) August 24, 2020
This is a more complete video recording of events:
And, extensive background was omitted:
According to the police association, the initial call that brought officers there was that Blake was trying to steal the keys to the caller’s vehicle, and that the SUV Blake is seen entering in widely shared video was not Blake’s vehicle. It also says the responding officers were aware Blake had an open warrant for third-degree felony sexual assault before they were on the scene. When officers tried to speak to Blake, he wasn’t cooperative.
The police association says Blake got one of the officers in a headlock during a confrontation on the passenger side of the SUV. Two officers fired stun guns and neither of them stopped Blake.
The attorney says Blake was armed with a knife at that time. Although police initially weren’t aware of the knife, they saw him holding it before he walked around to the driver’s side of the SUV and were ordering him to drop the knife as he walked away from him. He ignored repeated verbal commands to drop the knife.
“The officers involved gave Mr. Blake numerous opportunities to comply,” the statement reads. “He chose not to.”
In addition, Blake had a previous arrest for threatening bar patrons with a pistol.
So, as a recap, Blake essentially invaded the home of a former girlfriend whom he had sexually assaulted. He was the object of a restraining order and an outstanding arrest warrant. He had demonstrated violent behavior in the past. He took his ex’s keys and was trying to take her car. He fought with police, and Tasering him proved ineffective. He was armed. He tried to escape. He got shot.
Blake family lawyer and habitual grifter Ben Crump issued this statement:
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 7, 2020
Two things are notable from this visit, other than the mere cravenness. Harris is attempting to rehabilitate Blake as some helpless, faultless victim of police brutality rather than taking the honorable course here and admitting that Blake worked very, very hard to get shot. There is a case to be made that some police officers in some jurisdictions act with unjustifiable force on some occasions. Blake is simply not the example you want to use if you are trying to make that case. The second notable point is she never visited with the woman who Blake sexually assaulted, whose home he invaded, and whose car he tried to take.
Megyn Kelly was having none of it:
PROUD of him? He’s accused of breaking into a sleeping woman’s house, sexually assaulting her, humiliating her & later returning to harass her. Then the cops she called for help say he resisted arrest, assaulted them & went for his knife. How about a word for his victim, Senator? https://t.co/IryYbPAuf6
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) September 8, 2020
What Kelly brought up here, and she caught a lot of crap for it, is exactly right. A lot of attention is being paid to Blake, and unjustifiably so, because he furthers the narrative of “defund the police” and “black lives matter.” To make Blake an icon, though, the left has to ignore that he had sexually assaulted a woman and, had the police that they hate not intervened, the woman would have been fortunate if Blake had only taken her car. And you could flat out guarantee he would be back again in a short while with more demands. Harris, in going along with this, is not only encouraging violence against women; in this case, a Black woman of modest means, she is advocating for neighborhoods that are ruled by brute force exercised by its criminal elements.