Kenosha, Wisconsin Sheriff David Beth was caught lying to reporters on Friday after he said he hadn’t seen the video of his officers shooting unarmed black man Jacob Blake seven times in the back.
“I did not see the video,” Beth answered when asked if he “saw any problem” with how his officers handled the Blake situation.
Video shared on social media by UpNorth News clearly shows Beth watching video of the shooting on the day that it happened, at the scene.
Said Kyle Flood, the Kenosha activist who shot the clip of Beth observing the video: “I hope he resigns tonight because of this. This is a blatant lie and breaks the trust of the community.”
Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis also defended police officers who were seen on video ignoring the 17-year-old shooter Kyle Rittenhouse as he strolled up the street with an AR-15 assault rifle dangling from his chest.
UpNorth News reports: “The chief said because there were so many armed militia men roaming the streets on Tuesday, ‘there was nothing to suggest’ Rittenhouse should be stopped. ‘Clearly they’re not seeing him as a suspect or a threat of any kind,’ Miskinis said. Miskinis denied that the officers had a lapse of judgment. ‘Two weeks ago, my answer might have been different,’ he said. ‘But right now, the totality of circumstances, nothing suggested this person or anybody else who was armed around them was the person.’ Beth also defended the officers on Wednesday, saying they might have had ‘tunnel vision.'”
Earlier this week, Miskinis also appeared to blame the victims for being shot, because they were out past curfew. He says those remarks were misconstrued.