A lawyer representing the police union in the US city of Kenosha released a statement Friday (local time) about the shooting of black American Jacob Blake last Sunday. According to the statement, reported by the Kenosha News newspaper, Blake behaved aggressively before he was shot.
"The completely fictionalized version of the incident, coming from people who don't know exactly what happened, is extremely harmful and does not benefit anyone. All it does is spread a misleading story," the statement said.
A police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot Blake seven times on Sunday while attempting to arrest him. Blake survived the shooting, but is paralyzed from the waist down and is still in hospital. The shooting of Blake, which was captured on video, sparked ongoing unrest in Kenosha.
Prior to the arrest, according to the statement, the police would have been informed of an open arrest warrant against Blake for domestic violence and sexual assault. The police allegedly called because he tried to steal someone's car keys. The lawyer denies the story that the black American allegedly tried to break up a fight prior to the arrest.
'Blake held cop in headlock and carried knife'
Blake allegedly behaved aggressively during the arrest and held one of the officers in a headlock. The lawyer also denies in the statement that Blake was unarmed. "Blake was carrying a knife. The officers did not see it at first. They then repeatedly ordered him to drop the knife, but he did not follow the directions," the statement said.
Blake's lawyers deny to CNN the allegations of the police union. According to them, the statement is a tactic to justify the incident.