Jacob Blake, a black man who was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer, said he believed he would die and told his children he thought his last words would be after the August shooting.
Blake, 29, was partially paralyzed by the August 23 shooting, which sparked days of protests and unrest in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
“I was kind of lame,” Blake told ABC’s Good Morning America in an interview on Thursday. “And everything I remember at that moment was kind of leaning back, looking at my boys. I said, ‘Dad, I love you, no matter what.’ “
“I thought it would be the last thing ̵
The interview comes a week after Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that police officers would not be charged with the shooting.
Blake was shot seven times by Kenosha police officer Rusten Shesky. Some of these shots were found to have come from behind.
At the time, Shesky was answering a domestic disturbance call and officers were told Blake had an arrest warrant, officials said. Blake opposed the arrest while armed with a knife and refused to release him, the district attorney said.
Blake was shot after heading to a “disputed car” with at least one child in it, Graveley said. He said Blake admitted to investigators that he had a knife, but was not sure if he had opened it.
Graveley said Shesky and other officers would have strong arguments for self-defense, and that “if you don’t believe you can prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt, you have an ethical obligation not to charge.”
The shooting was videotaped and sparked protests in the summer, which at times turned violent as protesters called for racial justice and police reform.
Amid protests in Kenosha, Kyle Rittenhouse, now 18, who had gone to Kenosha from nearby Antioch, Illinois, claims to have shot and killed two men. Rittenhouse has been charged with criminal liability and his lawyers claim he acted in self-defense.
The Blake shooting followed the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May and the fatal police shooting of Breona Taylor in Louisville in March.