No Consequences For Police Officer Who Paralyzed Jacob Blake
As the country was processing the murder of another young Black man at the hands of white law enforcement in the same state where the Derek Chauvin murder trial was still taking place, it was learned that the officer who shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake last August in Kenosha, Wisconsin, returned from “administrative leave” on March 31st.
Officer Rusten Sheskey was found to have been “acting within policy and will not be subjected to discipline,” according to a statement from Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis on Tuesday.
The Kenosha Police Department released a statement late Tuesday afternoon regarding the decision to allow Officer Sheskey to return to his duties without facing any disciplinary charges.
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— Kenosha Police Dept. (@KenoshaPolice) April 13, 2021
The determination was made after an outside investigation and independent expert review, the statement said.
“Although this incident has been reviewed at multiple levels, I understand that some will not be pleased with the outcome; however, given the facts, it was the only lawful and appropriate decision to be made,” Miskinis said.
Police initially released few details on the Blake shooting, saying that the officers were responding to a domestic incident. But bystander video of the incident was posted online and received national attention.
We watched the defense bringing in witness after witness to paint a disturbing narrative of George Floyd. The same day the cop who murders Daunte Wright resigns, keeping her pension. Now the cop that paralyzed Jacob Blake gets his job back. No discipline.
Tuesday in America.
— Black House News (@blackhousenew) April 13, 2021
In the video, Blake appeared to be walking away from officers and had opened the front driver’s side door when he was shot from behind. Authorities said both Sheskey and another officer attempted to use their stun guns on Blake but could not stop him.
Kenosha police officers were not equipped with body cameras at the time of the shooting.
Just heartbreaking. This sounded way too much like Jacob Blake, and that brother was extremely lucky to survive. Now a black child has to grow up without his father and the family lost a young man who had barely gotten started with his life.
RIP Daunte Wright 🖤🙏🏾 https://t.co/jQG6z2Ms24
— t_sizzle | Black Lives Matter | Stop Asian Hate (@3sizzle9) April 12, 2021
While it was previously believed that Blake was shot seven times in the back, further examination of Blake’s medical records found that he had three entrance wounds on his left side and four shots to his back, Graveley said in January following the announcement that there would be no charges against the officers.