Attorney General Bill Barr said Wednesday that Jacob Blake was was committing a felony and 'armed' at the time a Kenosha police officer shot him in the back last month.
The AG made the comment in a CNN interview a day after visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin, a city still reeling from the shooting of the black man, who is paralyzed from the waist down. The incident set off angry protests and the city suffered looting and property damage.
Barr drew sharp distinctions between the cases of Blake and George Floyd, who died while being arrested by Minneapolis police with an officer's knee on his neck.
Attorney General Bill Barr said Jacob Blake was 'in the midst of committing a felony and he was armed' when he was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer
Barr at first said he would not compare the two cases, and noted the Justice Department is investigating.
'What's different?" asked interviewer Wolf Blitzer.
'Floyd was already subdued, incapacitated in handcuffs and was not armed,' Blake responded. 'In the Jacob case he was in the midst of committing a felony and he was armed. So that’s a big difference.'
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul revealed last week that Blake had a knife on the floorboard of his car. Blake was approaching the car at the time he was shot.
In this September 2019 selfie photo taken in Evanston, Ill., Adria-Joi Watkins poses with her second cousin Jacob Blake. He is recovering from being shot multiple times by Kenosha police on Aug. 23
Protesters march towards the South Los Angeles Sheriffs' Station on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man, was killed by Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies in South Los Angeles. Protesters marched to the South Los Angeles Sheriffs' Station to demonstrate for a second day after Kizzee was killed in an altercation after being stopped by police while riding his bicycle
Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneels on the neck of George Floyd, who was pleading that he could not breathe, in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25,