President Donald Trump on Aug. 29 addressed the police shooting of Jacob Blake, which sparked riots and civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week.
Ahead of his scheduled Sept. 1 visit to the city to assess damage from the recent riots, the president was asked by a reporter after a rally in New Hampshire if he thought the officer who shot Blake, 29, was justified in doing so.
“Im looking into it very strongly. Ill be getting reports and Ill certainly let you know pretty soon,” Trump said Friday night. “It was not a good sight. I didnt like the sight of it, certainly, and I think most people would agree with that.”
Kenosha has received help from National Guard soldiers from neighboring states and the federal government to bring the violence and unrest sparked by the shooting under control.
The police officer who shot Blake, Rusten Sheskey, has since been placed on administrative leave and is under investigation by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation under the states Department of Justice.
Sheskey shot Blake seven times after Blake resisted officers attempts to arrest him after they received a call from his former girlfriend for help. Blake had a warrant out for his arrest and a restraining order stipulating that he wasnt to approach his ex-girlfriend after an alleged sexual assault.
A criminal complaint obtained by The Epoch Times showed that Blake was charged in July with trespassing, third-degree sexual assault, and disorderly conduct.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Blake admitted to having a knife in his possession at the time of the shooting. Department agents found a knife on the drivers side floorboard of Blakes car.
Following the shooting, Blake was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, where he remains. Family attorneys told reporters on Aug. 25 that Blake had undergone multiple surgeries.
The 29-year-olds mother, Julia Jackson, has denounced Sheskeys use of force, saying that her family is “very hurt” and “quite frankly disgusted.”
Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said last week that, while she has not seen all the evidence, she believes the police officer who shot Blake likely used excessive force and should face charges.