Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they won’t file charges against a white police officer shot Jacob Blake multiple times as he tried to get into his SUV.
Sheskey, who was responding to a domestic incident in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot Blake as his three young children watched on from the back seat.
Blake has been left paralyzed and was discharged from the hospital in October.
The shooting sparked several nights of protests in Kenosha and all across the country.
An Illinois man, Kyle Rittenhouse, shot three people, killing two of them, during one of the displays.
The world of sports also protested in response to the shooting, as both NBA and NHL postseason games, in addition as several MLB games were postponed in response to the shooting.
State prosecutors decided not to file charges against Sheskey earlier this year after video showed that Blake had been armed with a knife. He was wanted on a felony warrant.
Federal prosecutors announced Friday that they won’t file charges against a white police officer, Rusten Sheskey (pictured above), who shot a black man, Jacob Blake, in Wisconsin last year
The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist down and sparked several nights of protests
Sheskey told investigators he used deadly force because he was afraid of Blake and feared he was trying to flee the scene and kidnap a child in the backseat of the means.
Sheskey and the other officers who were at the scene in the shooting were placed on administrative leave.
The U.S. Department of Justice launched its own investigation days after the shooting.
The agency announced Friday that a team of prosecutors from its Civil Rights Division and the U.S. attorney’s office in Milwaukee reviewed police reports, observe statements, dispatch logs and videos of the incident, and determined there wasn´t enough evidence to prove Sheskey used excessive force or violated Blake´s federal rights.
‘consequently, the review of this incident has been closed without a federal prosecution,’ the Justice Department said in a news release.
The Blake family’s attorney, Ben Crump, didn´t closest reply to a message seeking comment. Blake´s uncle Justin Blake, who has been acting as the family´s spokesman, also didn´t closest respond to a message.
The Justice Department´s findings mirror Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley´s determination in January that Sheskey could successfully argue that he fired in self-defense.
Investigators found that Blake had fought with three officers for several minutes before he was shot, at one point shrugging off a shock from a stun gun, and was trying to get into an SUV when Sheskey tried to stop him by pulling on his shirt. Graveley said video shows Blake turning toward Sheskey with a knife and made a motion toward the officer with the knife.
Blake said he was able to take a few steps during his son’s birthday in August, a year after the shooting.
Blake, 30, says he was ‘geeked’ when he was finally able to stand in October of last year, and he already took a few steps on August 23, exactly one year after Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer Rusten Sheskey shot him seven times in his side on August 23, 2020.
‘I forgot how tall I was,’ he said in an interview with CNN.
His healing course of action has been slow, Blake shared, as he detailed the physical and emotional pain he’s felt in the past year as he underwent months of physical rehabilitation and succumbed to bouts of depression.
‘At one point it felt like someone was sliding my legs by a woodchipper,’ he said. ‘It’s been progress every two weeks … it made it easier for me to be like I’m healing.’
‘I’m nevertheless going by a lot of pain,’ he additional. ‘Last week I was up for three days straight, slept for a whole day.
‘When I fall into depression, which I have, it makes my body hurt. I don’t have the physical strength to be upset.’
He also reportedly suffered an anxiety attack during the Fourth of July weekend, going so far as calling 911 as fireworks blasted outside while he was with family in the Chicago area, which was going by a particularly turbulent period of gun violence.
In November 2020, Blake was sentenced to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct and domestic abuse from a past incident.
As part of the plea deal, one count of criminal trespassing and one count of third-degree sexual assault and domestic abuse were dropped, according to NBC News.
According to a probably cause statement from May 3, 2020, a complainant had met with officers crying, visibly shaken and dressed only in a nightgown.
She told police Blake woke her up at about 6am after she had come back from a party.
Blake was standing over her saying, ‘I want my sh-t.’ As the victim laid on her back, Blake, ‘suddenly and without warning, reached his hand between her legs’ and sexually assaulted her, it is claimed.
She told the police she realized her car and debit card were missing after he left.
She also said that Blake was unemployed and that, over the past eight years, he had physically assaulted her twice a year ‘when he drinks heavily.’
His town of Kenosha, a town of about 100,000 people between Chicago and Milwaukee, became the site of another newsworthy tragedy when 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people, killing two of them, amid the unrest.
Rittenhouse faces two felony murder charges and is out on $2 million bail.
Blake said Rittenhouse’s race may have played a part in how differently he was treated by police.
‘That was like a kick right in the you know what,’ he said.
‘I was angry, I was furious, and I felt like I had every right to be.’
‘For the reasons they said they shot me, they had every reason to shoot him, but they didn’t. Honestly if his skin color was different, and I’m not prejudiced or a racist, he probably would have been labeled a terrorist.’
Rittenhouse, 18, was told by Kenosha County Circuit Court estimate Bruce Schroeder Tuesday that a charge of being a minor in possession of a firearm charge will keep on his indictment.
Rittenhouse’s attorney Corey Chirafisi unsuccessfully argued that a firearms law only bars minors from using short-barreled rifles and not the AR-15 style assault rifle the teen used.
Rittenhouse was 17 when he killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber at riots sparked by the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin during August 2020.
Rittenhouse’s attorneys have argued that he fired in self-defense after Rosenbaum, Huber, and Grosskreutz attacked him. He will stand trial for the double-homicide on November 1.
The teen’s lawyers want the court to allow them to call, John R. Black, a self-defense expert, as a observe to back up their assertions.
estimate Schroeder concluded Tuesday’s proceedings without ruling on whether to allow that, meaning there is nevertheless a chance that Rittenhouse’s request could be granted.
Black, a former Washington County, Oregon, sheriff’s deputy, has testified in numerous state and federal situations, offering his skill in police use of force, decision-making, crowd control, and other procedures and practices related to law enforcement.
Rittenhouse attorney Mark Richards and Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger sparred in court on Tuesday over whether to allow Black to testify.
Binger maintained that it wasn’t necessary and that jurors could decide for themselves whether Rittenhouse’s actions were reasonable.
Richards argued that Black could help jurors get to the facts.
Prosecutors charged Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the protest, with multiple counts, including homicide and being a minor in possession of a firearm.
He traveled from Antioch, Illinois, on the night of the fatal shootings to help ‘protect’ the streets of Kenosha from violent protest triggered by Blake’s shooting.
Explaining their application to have the weapons charge dismissed, Corey Chirafisi, one of Rittenhouse’s attorneys, argued that the statute only prohibits minors from possessing short-barreled rifles.
Rittenhouse used an AR-style semiautomatic rifle with a 16-inch barrel the night of the shootings, according to Chirafisi.
The only other prohibitions on minors possessing firearms lie in the state’s hunting statutes, which state that children under 12 can’t hunt with guns.
That doesn’t apply to Rittenhouse because he was 17 on the night of the shootings, Chirafisi said.
Binger countered that the Legislature clearly intended to bar anyone under 18 from ‘running around with a dangerous weapon’ and that the hunting statutes don’t apply because Rittenhouse wasn’t hunting on the night of the protest.
The shooting happened three months after George Floyd was murdered while being restrained by police officers in Minneapolis.
Earlier this year, Blake filed a civil lawsuit accusing the officer of excessive force.
Rittenhouse, now 18, traveled to the city in response to social media posts asking for help defending city businesses.
Many conservatives flocked to sustain Rittenhouse, calling him a patriot for seeking to stop violent protests, making him a symbol for gun rights and raising $2million for his bail.
Others, including some liberals and activists, portrayed him as a domestic terrorist and said he made a volatile situation worse by bringing a rifle to the streets of Kenosha.
The shooting seemed to touch everything going on in American life at the time, not only in criminal justice and politics. The shooting extended to the world of sports in addition.
The chaos began August 25 when the Milwaukee Bucks announced that they would not take to the floor for their afternoon game against Orlando Magic.
The Bucks’ decision forced the NBA to also postpone two other games scheduled for Wednesday evening.
The move threw the season’s playoffs into disarray, and an 8pm players meeting was called to discuss how to move forward.
The NBA boycott has inspired sports teams from other codes to also follow suit and sit out of their games as a way of protest.
in other places, the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs shutdown for two days.
Major League Baseball was also affected. The Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to boycott their scheduled game the day the video was released.
Additionally, a Major League Soccer match between Atlanta United and Inter Miami was also postponed, while the WNBA has similarly suspended play.
Former President Barack Obama tweeted his sustain for the sports boycott, appearing to see it as a sign of peaceful protest.
Bucks’ guard George Hill was said to be the first to bring up the idea of a boycott – a move his teammates supported.
‘We’re tired of the killings and the injustice,’ Hill told reporters on Wednesday afternoon.
‘First of all we shouldn’t already came to this damn place, to be honest. I think coming here just took all the focal points off of what the issues are.’
Bucks players were seen arriving for the game, but never left the locker room.
In a statement released shortly after, the team said: ‘The past four months have discarded light on the current racial injustices facing our African American communities. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against wrongdoings’.
They additional: ‘Over the last few days, in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha and the additional shooting of protesters. Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.’
Both presidential candidates at the time, Joe Biden and incumbent Donald Trump, visited Kenosha in the wake of the shooting. Only Biden met with Blake’s family during his visit.
Source: Daily Mail
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