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According to the Kenosha DA, no charges will be filed in the Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake that took place last August.
Rusten Sheskey, a White officer, shot Blake, 29, in the back seven times on August 23, 2020. Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley was tasked with investigating Blake’s shooting. Today the DA reached a decision and decided not to charge Sheskey in the shooting. Blake survived the shooting but was left paralyzed from the waist down.
“It is my decision now that no Kenosha law enforcement officer will be charged with any criminal offense based on the facts and laws,” Graveley said Tuesday.
In addition to that, Graveley also announced that there will be no charges for the other two officers involved in the incident. They were identified by the Wisconsin Justice Department in September as Officers Vincent Arenas and Brittany Meronek. Blake will also not face charges, Graveley said.
Dispatch records indicate that on August 23, 2020, Sheskey and other officers responded to a complaint from a woman saying that Blake was not supposed to be at her residence and would not leave. She also said he had taken her keys and would not give them back.
Sheskey told investigators that he used deadly force during the chaotic encounter because he was afraid Blake, while attempting to flee the scene, was trying to kidnap a child in the backseat of the vehicle.
Sheskey was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting.
Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr., on Monday called for charges against the officer while urging Kenosha to “stand up and make some noise.” The National Guard has been called to be on standby following the announcement.