Rev. Jesse Jackson marches in Kenosha with Jacob Blake's family, supporters in call for justice
KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Civil Rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson marched in Kenosha Thursday, Sept. 24.
He joined the family of Jacob Blake, and supporters, in their call for justice in Blake's case.
Inside Grace Lutheran Church Jackson denounced the police shooting of Blake, as officers responded to a domestic call on August 23.
“When a man is shot seven times, and then tied to the bed with handcuffs, that’s cruel punishment. It's a crime against humanity," Rev. Jackson said.
But he also called it a source of power for the nation.
“Bullets in Jake’s back couldn’t stop him. God has the last word," he added.
Blake supporters listed their demands to listeners.
Among them they want the man who shot Blake, Officer Rusten Sheskey, to be fired, charged and convicted.
“They done got more bold, instead of dogs and water hoses they’re putting bullets in us," one man said.
“We need to remember that the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice, but we also need to remember that it does not bend by itself!" said Bishop Paul Erickson, of Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Blake’s uncle criticized the decision, of state investigators, to have former Madison police chief Noble Wray analyze the case. They would have preferred an ex-official, attorney or judge.
“This man has given his life to the police force, why would he not be leaning towards the police force?" Justin Blake said.
Many also spoke in honor of Breonna Taylor, and pushed for adequate justice in Kenosha.
“We do not agree with what happened down there (in Louisville) and that is why we’re going to continue this fight to make sure that we do not get the same exact treatment," Portia Bennett, of Black Lives Activists Kenosha (B.L.A.K.), said.
Several speakers, including, Rev. Jackson reminded people to vote this November.