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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.

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Protesters march with the family of Jacob Blake during a rally against racism and police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 29, 2020. – Demonstrations have been ongoing since Jacob Blake was shot by Kenosha Police officer Rusten Sheskey on August 23. (Photo by STEPHEN MATUREN / AFP) (Photo by STEPHEN MATUREN/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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.

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.

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.



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