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Jacob Blake says he 'didn't want to be the next George Floyd' in first interview since he was shot by police

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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In his first interview on national television, Jacob Blake said he "wasn't thinking clearly" when he picked up a knife that he had dropped during an encounter with police, moments before a Kenosha, Wisconsin, officer shot him seven times last summer.

(CNN)In his first interview on national television, Jacob Blake said he "wasn't thinking clearly" when he picked up a knife that he had dropped during an encounter with police, moments before a Kenosha, Wisconsin, officer shot him seven times last summer.

"I was like, 'He's shooting me,' " said Blake, a 29-year-old Black man.

Rusten Sheskey, the White officer who shot Blake, will not face criminal charges, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced last week, pointing to Blake "actively resisting" arrest and his possession of a knife at the time of the shooting.

When police arrived, Blake said they did not explain why they were there and did not say they had a warrant for his arrest -- a statement disputed by the officers' statement to investigators.

A physical altercation broke out between Blake and the officers, who have said they believed he was reaching for a weapon.

Blake told investigators he had a knife that dropped to the ground when Sheskey first grabbed him, but denied he was going to use it as a weapon against the officers.

"I shouldn't have picked it up," he said, adding, "I wasn't thinking clearly. " Blake said he intended to put the knife in the SUV and then lay on the ground to submit to the police officers.

As for his children who witnessed the shooting, Blake said he's explained, "Daddy can die, but for some reason I didn't that day. "

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