Ex-Chief Wray Will Advise on Blake Shooting Charges

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Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said former Madison Police Chief Noble Wray will report to the Kenosha County district attorney before the prosecutor decides whether to bring charges against the police officer who shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back, the Wall Street Journal reports. Wray will serve as a consultant to District Attorney Michael Graveley. The shooting of Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, unleashed waves of protests and rioting in the city south of Milwaukee, including the killing of two protesters by a teenager from out of state. Gravely asked for an expert to review the evidence, and Kaul recommended Wray, who is Black.

Blake was shot by a Kenosha police officer after a woman called the police and said her boyfriend was present and not supposed to be on the premises. At the time, there was a warrant for Blake’s arrest on charges of criminal trespass, domestic abuse and third-degree sexual assault. The local police union defended the officers involved, saying that Blake had a knife and had actively resisted arrest, including putting one officer in a headlock. Ben Crump, an attorney for Blake, has said Blake was helping to de-escalate the situation when officers initially used a stun gun on him. The attorney said Blake was walking away from police to check on his three young sons, who were in the car, when he was shot.

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