Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer, said he thought he would die and shared what he thought would be his last words with his children after the August shooting.
Blake, 29, was partially paralyzed in the August 23 shooting that affected days of protests and unrest in the city of Wisconsin and elsewhere.
“I went a little slack,” Blake told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview aired Thursday. “And all I remember at that point was sit back and look at my boys. I said, ‘Daddy loves you no matter what.'”
“I thought that would be the last thing ̵
The interview comes a week after Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that no police officers would be charged with the shooting.
Blake was shot seven times by Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey. Some of these shots turned out to have come from behind.
Sheskey answered a domestic disturbance call at the time, and officers were told Blake had an arrest warrant, officials said. Blake resisted the arrest while armed with a knife and refused commands to drop it, the district attorney said.
Blake was shot after moving toward a “controversial car” that had at least one child in it, Graveley said. He said Blake admitted to investigators that he had a knife, but that he was not sure if he had opened it.
Graveley said Sheskey and other officers would have had a strong case for self-defense, and that “if you do not believe you can prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt, you have an ethical obligation not to issue charges.”
The shooting was captured on video and sparked protests over the summer, which at times turned violent as protesters called for racist justice and police reform.
Amid protests in Kenosha, Kyle Rittenhouse, now 18, who had gone to Kenosha from nearby Antioch, Illinois, allegedly killed two men. Rittenhouse is criminally charged, and lawyers for him have claimed he acted in self-defense.
Blake’s shooting followed George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis in May and the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville in March.