Police in America don’t hesitate to shoot and kill Black people in a confrontation because they consistently get away with it … that’s what Jacob Blake‘s family lawyer, Ben Crump, thinks anyway.
The civil rights attorney — who’s also representing the families of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others — is going to work for Blake now as well, after the 29-year-old father was shot in the back 7 times by a white cop in Kenosha, WI.
Crump tells us the family’s been assured by the Governor’s office that an independent and unbiased investigation into the shooting will be launched … but he says Kenosha residents are understandably skeptical.
Crump cites a pattern of cops killing Black people — not just in Kenosha, but throughout the history of the U.S. — and facing zero consequences … to the point where it’s become totally normalized.
That’s why, according to Crump, we continue to see white officers pulling the trigger on people of color … even when they know everything is recorded these days.
Crump adds that this isn’t just a police issue … it’s a cultural pattern of condoning mistreatment of Black people that starts at the top, and continues to manifest itself in what he refers to as the “intellectual justification of discrimination.”