Letetra Wildman, sister of Jacob Blake, is speaking out while her brother recovers from seven gunshot wounds from police officers. During a press conference on Tuesday, she demanded “change.”
Wildman began by asking people to remember Blake’s family. “I am my brother’s keeper,” she said. “And when you say the name Jacob Blake, make sure you say, ‘Father.’ Make sure you say, ‘Cousin.’ Make sure you say, ‘Son.’ Make sure you say, ‘Uncle.’ But most importantly, make sure you say, ‘Human.’ Human life. Let it marinate in your mouth, in your minds. A human life.”
Blake, 29, underwent surgery after sustaining multiple close-range gunshot wounds. According to Blake’s lawyer, Ben Crump, he was “breaking up a fight between two women” when the cops responded to a domestic disturbance call in Kenosha, Wisconsin, CNN reports.
“So many people have reached out to me telling me they’re sorry this happened to my family,” Wildman says. “Well, don’t be sorry cause this has been happening to my family for a long time. Longer than I can account for.”
She continued by saying: “It happened to Emmett Till. Emmett Till is my family. Philando (Castile), Mike Brown, Sandra (Bland). This has been happening to my family. And I’ve shed tears for every single one of these people it’s happened to.”
Letetra Wildman Demands “Change”
In conclusion, Letetra Wildman expressed her desire to see change. “This is nothing new. I’m not sad, I’m not sorry. I’m angry. And I’m tired,” she said. “I haven’t cried one time, I stopped crying years ago, I am numb. I have been watching police murder people that look like me for years. I’m also a black history minor. So not only have I been watching it in the 30 years that I’ve been on this planet. But I’ve been watching it for years before we were even alive. I’m not sad, I don’t want your pity. I want change.”
Since surfacing on the Internet, the video of the Jacob Blake shooting received millions of views. The President of the Kenosha Professional Police Association, Pete Deates, requests that viewers reserve judgment until “all the facts” come out.
“As always, the video currently circulating does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident. We ask that you withhold from passing judgment until all the facts are known and released,” Deates said.