Shaun King Says He May Name Innocent Kenosha Police Officers Until Jacob Blake Shooter Identified

Activist Shaun King has threatened he will start publicly naming Kenosha Police officers who "may or may not" have been involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake unless the department identifies those responsible.

King, a prominent Black Lives Matter figure, warned that he is prepared to name innocent officers unless police reveal the shooter or shooters themselves before the one week anniversary of the incident.

"To the Kenosha Police Department, if you do not name the officer who brutally shot Jacob Blake on Sunday, we will simply begin naming officers from your department who may or may not be him," King tweeted.

"F**k it. Your protection of his identity is unethical. What's his name?"

During a series of tweets, King names one person believed to be a Kenosha officer and questions if he could be the one involved in the shooting. King also asks help from social media users to identify him.

King also claims that one Konesha Police officer is currently in protective custody in a hotel "because people thought he shot Jacob Blake."

"POLICE COULD END THIS RIGHT NOW," King adds. "They are deliberately protecting the man who shot Jacob. What's his name?"

On Monday, King previously demanded that the officer who shot Blake seven times in the back must be "fired and arrested in the next 24 hours. PERIOD."

King added: "But what I am telling you, is that we've crossed a point where that's not even close to being all we're calling for. Not at all."

King's threats to name potentially innocent police officers arrive despite him wrongly and publicly accusing a Texas State Trooper of raping a Black woman following a traffic stop in 2018.

King was forced to release a statement saying he regretted trusting the woman's fake claims after bodycam footage cleared the trooper of all allegations. King did not apologize for helping to spread the false claim himself.

In 2019, a man was also falsely accused of murdering a 7-year-old after King shared his photo on his Twitter account and compared it with a suspect in the case.

Robert Paul Cantrell, 49, was found dead in his Montgomery County Jail in July of that year while in custody on a separate charge of charge of robbery-evading.

Blake is reported to be paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting at the 2800 block of 40th Street on Sunday. The shooting, which was witnessed by three of his children, has sparked days of rioting and protests in Wisconsin.

Kenosha Police confirmed the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave as protocol. There are also widespread calls for the officers to face criminal charges over the shooting.

In a statement on 24 August, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation said it is reviewing evidence and determining the facts of the shooting, and aims to hand the report over to a prosecutor within 30 days. The prosecutor will then review the report and determine if any charges should be brought forward against any of the officers.

"There has been speculation on social media about the identities of those involved in this incident. The public is advised to await identifying information from an official source," the DCI added.

Newsweek has contacted King for further comment.

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Shaun King introduces Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during a rally in the capital of his home state of Vermont on May 25, 2019 in Montpelier, Vermont. Scott Eisen/Getty