Kenosha Shooting: Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump Will Represent Jacob Blake

Kenosha Shooting: Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump Will Represent Jacob Blake

The father, who was walking away from police, was shot in the back several times on video.

Published August 24th

Written by BET Staff

Following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, who was shot several times in his back in front of his children by Kenosha police officers on Sunday (Aug. 23), Attorney Ben Crump announced that the Blake family has retained his services. 

A release was issued on Twitter on Monday (Aug. 24) to confirm that the acclaimed Civil Rights Attorney would now represent the family. 

“We all watched the horrific video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back several times by Kenosha police. Even worse, his three sons witnessed their father collapse after being riddled with bullets,” Crump said. “Their irresponsible, reckless, and inhumane actions nearly cost the life of a man who was simply trying to do the right thing by intervening in a domestic incident. It’s a miracle he’s still alive.”

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A viral video showed Blake towards his vehicle as officers had their guns drawn on him. Officers began shooting at Blake multiple times as soon as he entered the car. Blake had reportedly been trying to break up a fight between two women when the police were called to the scene.

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Blake was taken to a Milwaukee-area hospital where it is reported that he is in serious condition.

“We will seek justice for Jacob Blake and for his family as we demand answers from the Kenosha Police Department. How many more these tragic “while Black” tragedies will it take until the racial profiling and undervaluing of Black lives by the police finally stops?”

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