There is some confusion in this story, so I’m going to give Benjamin Crump, the race-baiting ambulance chaser who represents the family of hospitalized sex-offender Jacob Blake, the benefit of the doubt and assume that he knows his butt from a hot rock.
Three days ago, Blake’s mother said President Trump had called:
Jacob Blake’s mother, Julia Jackson, said that President Donald Trump tried to call her in the aftermath of her son’s shooting, but she had missed it.
Jackson had on Tuesday called for national healing and condemned violent protest in a press conference led by her attorney, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump.
As Crump is supposed to be her attorney, one would think he’d know this fact. But today, on Face the Nation, Crump said that President Trump hasn’t called them.
“The Blake family has not been contacted at this time,” Crump said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “The Blake family is very respectful of all our elected officials, and as his mother says, she prays for all of our elected officials.”
“So we will see” whether any administration officials contacted the family, he said. Crump noted that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) spoke with the Blake family “for about an hour.”
I suppose he could mean that President Trump hasn’t called back since his call was not taken, but one would think he’d be honest enough to mention that there had been a call. Whatever.
Let’s review the bidding here.
The uproar in Kenosha was sparked by a video that only showed Blake being shot in the back seven times (and living). At this point, one was left with a “wtf did I see” thought balloon over their head because it looks ugly and brutal.
That video, as the story evolved, only showed a fragment of the police encounter. A second video surfaced that showed context that was missing from the first video. Blake is seen fighting with three officers, foiling two attempts to taze him, breaking a headlock, and returning to his car. And the knife. Blake’s knife isn’t visible in the first video.
Late last week, it emerged that the story woven by Crump that Blake was at the house trying to break up an altercation was a total lie (see New: Criminal Complaint Against Jacob Blake Released, The Original Story His Lawyer Told Was a Lie). Then the New York Post published a damning chronicle of events:
The cops involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake — which touched off a fresh wave of angry, anti-police sentiment across the country — were attempting to arrest him for violating a restraining order stemming from an alleged sexual assault, The Post has learned.
Blake, 29, was forbidden from going to the Kenosha home of his alleged victim from the May 3 incident, and police were dispatched Sunday following a 911 call saying he was there.
The responding officers were aware he had an open warrant for felony sexual assault, according to dispatch records and the Kenosha Professional Police Association, which released a statement on the incident on Friday.
Blake is accused in the criminal complaint, which was obtained by The Post, of breaking into the home of a woman he knew and sexually assaulting her.
The victim, who is only identified by her initials in the paperwork, told police she was asleep in bed with one of her children when Blake came into the room around 6 a.m. and allegedly said “I want my sh-t,” the record states.
She told cops Blake then used his finger to sexually assault her, sniffed it and said, “Smells like you’ve been with other men,” the criminal complaint alleges.
The officer who took her statement said she “had a very difficult time telling him this and cried as she told how the defendant assaulted her.”
The alleged victim said Blake “penetrating her digitally caused her pain and humiliation and was done without her consent” and she was “very humiliated and upset by the sexual assault,” the record states.
She told police she “was upset but collected herself” and then allegedly ran out the front door after Blake, the complaint says. She then realized her car was missing, checked her purse and saw the keys were missing and then “immediately called 911,” the complaint alleges.
Police filed charges against him for felony sexual assault, trespassing and domestic abuse in July when a warrant was issued for his arrest.
The Kenosha Police also released a detailed sequence of events.
Blake was not at the house to stop a fight. He was under a restraining order. He entered the house without permission. He sexually assaulted his sometime girlfriend. The car he was trying to get into was not his. He had an outstanding arrest warrant, and the police knew it.
With this new and improved version of events out there, Jacob Blake is not going to get a multimillion-dollar settlement. He’s going to prison. The riots and deaths in Kenosha have been caused by a false narrative perpetrated, in no small smart, by Blake’s partisans with the assistance of Crump. Crump is trying to keep attention on this case by causing a controversy involving President Trump because he sees the gravy train ending.
President Trump did the right thing in calling Blake’s mother when he did. That was then; this is now. Knowing the facts as we know them now, President Trump calling Blake’s family would look like a cheap pander because it would be. His mother seems to be very nice, but unless we’re creating a new policy that the president must call the nice parent of any felon who gets shot, I don’t see the point. There is no reason why we should feel sorry for Blake. He made a series of decisions that resulted in him being shot. It didn’t have to be that way; he made it so.