Burlington store shooting: Jacob Blake’s father joins rally against police brutality at Burlington store where teenager was killed

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) – The father of Jacob Blake, who was shot by a Wisconsin police officer in 2020 and left paralyzed, was one of many who joined a rally in North Hollywood on Sunday to support the family of Valentina Orellana Peralta.

Peralta, a 14-year-old from Chile in Los Angeles, was shot and killed in December inside the Burlington store on Victory Boulevard when an officer shot a suspect and a bullet pierced a wall.

LAPD was responding to calls from a gunman, but the 24-year-old suspect – who was also shot dead by police – did not have a weapon. He was armed with a bicycle lock. The teenager and her mother were in the changing room when a bullet passed through the dry wall, hitting Peralta.

Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr., walked the store’s aisles alongside protesters, calling on Los Angeles police to make changes within the department to prevent another fatal shooting.

He said he traveled to Los Angeles to help Peralta’s family. Family and friends of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd – who were also killed at the hands of law enforcement – were also in attendance.

On Aug. 23, 2020, Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake seven times after responding to a report of a domestic dispute, authorities say.

Following an investigation, federal prosecutors said the evidence obtained was insufficient to prove Sheskey “deliberately used excessive force,” the Justice Department said.

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Last month, LA Police Chief Michel Moore, along with the LA Board of Police Commissioners, the five civilians who oversee the police department, promised to conduct a full investigation into Peralta’s death.

“I am deeply sorry for the loss of this young girl’s life, and I know there are no words that can ease the unimaginable pain of the family,” Moore said. “My commitment is to conduct a thorough, complete and transparent investigation into the circumstances that led to this tragedy and to provide the family and the public with as much information as possible. In addition, our review will also include a review of our policies , training and protocols involved in this shoot with an eye to what can be done to prevent such a terrible accident in the future.”

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