Kenosha, Wiz. (Now News Nation) – The Wisconsin Attorney General announced Monday that the former Wisconsin Police Chief will serve as an independent adviser to lawyers in deciding whether to charge police officers involved in Jacob Blake’s shooting.
Blake was shot seven times by Kenosha police officers on Aug. 23; The incident was captured on video by Bystander. The shootings sparked new protests in cities across the country over racial injustice.
Noble Wre, the expert who will review the file, is black. After Madison’s retirement as police chief in 2013, Ware received national attention for his work on police reform, fighting racism, and educating about implicit bias. Ware was chief for nine years and served as a police officer for 30 years, Attorney General Josh Kaul and Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Gravelli said would be crucial when reviewing the file.
“I’m from Wisconsin and this is the moment of truth in Wisconsin,” Ray said. “I wish the best for this state and the people of this state.”
Gravelli said he requested counsel but he asked the Justice Department to select.
Kaul said his department’s investigation into the shooting is in its final stages. When it is done, it will turn it over for review and analysis. It will then be up to Gravy to decide whether to file a charge. Gravelli said Monday he has not yet made a decision on whether to file charges.
The case will bring a “diverse” and “abundant” perspective to the case, Gravelli said.
Ware said he would provide an understanding and perspective on the case but not a bias. Ware said he would complete his review as soon as possible, but was not given a timeline after receiving the investigation file. Ware said he did not bias the case and believes the state did not.
“This should be an impartial and unbiased investigation, it should not be something biased or it should come as decisions have already been made,” Ray said. “I was happier with the DA’s answers. I was comforted by the fact that I didn’t think the decision was made. I don’t want to waste my time when I believe the decision has been made.
The state justice department also said it would not announce a decision on whether the officer would charge the officer until the investigation is completed.
All three officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave during an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which is standard practice.
The Wisconsin attorney general said police were dispatched to the neighborhood after a woman reported her boyfriend was there and he was not believed to be there.
Blake’s attorney, Ben Krump, said Blake was trying to break the domestic dispute.
Said the Justice Department A knife was found from an SUV He allegedly leaned over when Blake was shot, but did not say whether Blake was holding him when officers tried to arrest him.
The man who watched the cellphone video of the shooting on 22-year-old Raisin White said he saw Blake scuffle with three officers and heard, “Drop the knife! Drop the knife! “Before the shooting. He said the knife was not visible in Blake’s hand.
Kramp said Blake’s children at the time of the shooting -, and and. Was inside the car at the age of.
Blake released a video from his hospital bed earlier this month. He had earlier appeared from his hospital bed through a remote video for his first court appearance on sexual assault charges. Was not related to the August 23 shooting. He pleaded not guilty and a hearing was set for November 9.
Kramp had previously said that Black would “take a miracle” to walk again. The bullets pierced Blake’s spine and shattered one of his ribs, punctured one of his lungs, damaged his liver and made holes in his abdomen, Kramp said.
In the days following the unrest, Democratic presidential candidate Jine Biden and President Donald Trump both visited Kenosha.
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The Associated Press contributes to this report.
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