The officer who shot Jacob Blake will not face civil rights charges.

Helen Dunmore
Officer who shot Jacob Blake won't face civil rights charges,
Officer who shot Jacob Blake won’t face civil rights charges,

The Department of Justice stated Friday that it will not seek civil rights charges against the Wisconsin police officer who shot and severely paralyzed Jacob Blake last year.

On Aug. 23, 2020, Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, who is white, fired seven times at Blake, who is black, police said. Sheskey was responding to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Federal prosecutors concluded that the evidence obtained was inadequate to establish that Sheskey “willfully employed excessive force,” the DOJ stated in a statement.

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The incident was filmed on a witness’ cellphone and spurred days of large-scale protests in Kenosha. Investigators analyzed police reports, law enforcement accounts, witness statements, witness affidavits, images, and videos.

“Following a comprehensive assessment, a team of seasoned federal prosecutors determined that there is insufficient evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the KPD officer deliberately violated federal criminal civil rights statutes,” the DOJ stated.

The DOJ stated that it had communicated its decision to representatives of Blake’s family.

The shooting occurred when cops attempted to apprehend Blake, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. Sheskey fired his gun seven times toward Blake’s back as he walked to the front of his vehicle toward the driver’s side door.

Six bullets injured Blake, who is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Officer who shot Jacob Blake won face civil rights charges
Officer who shot Jacob Blake won face civil rights charges

Authorities discovered an unfolded knife on the driver’s side floorboard of Blake’s vehicle.

Kenosha County District Attorney Mike Graveley also declined to press charges against Sheskey in connection with the incident last year, stating at the time that the officer was justified in using force and acting in self-defense due to Blake’s knife-wielding.

Sheskey was also not reprimanded by the Kenosha Police Department for his use of force, which stated that he was acting “in accordance with procedure.”

Who is Jacob Blake (short intro)?

Full NameJacob Blake
Nick NameJacob
Age30 years old (as of 2021)
Race / EthnicityAfrican American
Sexual OrientationStraight
Place of BirthSwitzerland
Father (Dad)Jacob Blake Sr
MotherJulia Jackson
ChildrenFour sons
CarsSilver SUV
Jacob Blake (short intro)

Hey, I'm Helen Dunmore an article writer from London Ontario, Canada. I had done a master's in mass communication and M.Phill in political science and attended many College Journalism Broadcast programs where I wrote and won. I previously had attended Humber College for media studies which included writing for television and news. I have written several publications for many news related websites. Have experience more than 7 years, yeah quite a lot for you. I love writing, an expert in article writing. Currently doing article writing for many blog posts and work as an author for many web sites. Reading is my hobby, love books more than anything in my life.

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