The affair had rekindled anti-racist anger in the United States. The police officers involved in the shootings that seriously injured African-American Jacob Blake in August in Kenosha, will not be prosecuted, the prosecutor in charge of the case announced Tuesday (January 5). “No Kenosha agent will be charged (…) Based on the facts and the law, we have decided that no charges will be retained,” local prosecutor Michael Graveley said at a conference Press. Anticipating this announcement, the city council has declared a state of emergency in this city of 100,000 inhabitants of the Great Lakes region and 500 members of the National Guard are ready to be deployed if violence should break out.
Jacob Blake, 29, was riddled with bullets on August 23 as his three sons watched as he tried to get into his car. Seriously injured, he lost the use of his legs. The scene was filmed by a witness and the officers involved suspended from duty. The case sparked three nights of riots in Kenosha and culminated on August 25 when a 17-year-old fired a semi-automatic rifle at three protesters, killing two. His arrest the next day brought a precarious calm to the city. This young man, Kyle Rittenhouse, was later released on bail of two million dollars. On Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty.
The file had led to a strong mobilization in the world of sport and on the political scene. Then presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Joe Biden had gone there. The country has witnessed a historic protest movement against racism and police violence since the death of George Floyd, an African-American suffocated by a white policeman on May 25 in Minneapolis.