Kenosha Police Officer Who Shot Jacob Blake In The Back Will Face No Charges
Rusten Sheskey, the Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times, will not face charges, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced on Tuesday.
Sheskey, a White officer, shot Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, seven times in the back while responding to a domestic incident on August 23, 2020. 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.
Tuesday's announcement comes as anger continues to mount across the country at the repeated deaths of Black people at the hands of police. The summer of 2020 saw protests -- some of which turned violent -- calling for police reform and an end to police brutality, sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others.
Officials in Kenosha prepared for unrest ahead of the announcement, according to the report, with Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers saying Monday that he was sending 500 National Guard troops ahead of the decision.
Graveley also said that Blake will face no charges.