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Jacob Blake's Family Leads March From Kenosha To Milwaukee

Chuck Quirmbach
The family of Jacob Blake, a Black man severely wounded by a police officer in Kenosha in August, is leading a march from Kenosha to Milwaukee. The march began just after midnight on Tuesday.

Updated Tuesday at 1:57 p.m. CT

The family of the Black man severely wounded by a police officer in Kenosha in August is leading a 30 mile march to Milwaukee, which began just after midnight on Tuesday. The family wants to send a message to prosecutors and voters.

Kenosha officer Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake while responding to what police say was a domestic incident. The Wisconsin Justice Department is still reviewing the shooting.

About 1 a.m., Bishop Tavis Grant of Rainbow Push helped the Blake supporters get their march underway, telling them it's new day in America.

"Wake up, America, it's a new day. And it's our day, and it's our time. And it's our turn, justice now, justice now, justice now," Grant said.

Credit Chuck Quirmbach
The Hoop Bus, operated by a small group of national peace activists and basketball fans, is providing support for the marchers.

Kenosha activist Tanya McLean says she wants Kenosha County District Attorney Mike Gravely to do the right thing.

“I know that there’s still an investigation going on with an independent person, but we need an indictment and we need him fired right away,” she said.  

Jacob Blake's uncle, Justin Blake, says the march from Kenosha to Milwaukee has two main purposes.

"One is to let not only Kenosha know but the state know that the Blake family is not leaving Kenosha until there's justice," he said.

Justin Blake says Officer Sheskey should be fired, indicted and convicted.

He says the marchers also want to let people know early in-person voting in Wisconsin begins Tuesday. He says they also want to know where the candidates stand on Officer Shesky's shooting of Jacob Blake.

"Voting season is here. And while we’re encouraging everybody to get out and vote, we wanna know where everybody votes or stands on little Jake, so we can make the decisions accordingly," Justin Blake said.

Sheskey's attorney says the officer wounded Jacob Blake because he thought the man was about to kidnap a child. 

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