The Justice Department has decided not to pursue federal civil rights charges against the Wisconsin officer who shot Jacob Blake, paralyzing him from the waist down.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Department of Justice announced on Friday (Oct. 8) that it will not pursue charges against Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey because there is insufficient evidence to prove he used excessive force or violated Blake’s civil rights, after conducting its own investigation. “As a result, the investigation into this incident has been concluded without the possibility of federal prosecution,” the Justice Department stated in a statement.
Blake was shot numerous times on Aug. 23, 2020, as he sought to enter a vehicle with his small children. Officers were initially dispatched to the site in response to a domestic altercation involving two ladies. By yanking on Blake’s shirt, Sheskey attempted to prevent him from getting into his automobile. Blake was shot seven times after turning around and approaching the cop with a knife.
Sheskey was not charged by state prosecutors for the shooting, which left the Black man paralyzed from the waist down, according to REVOLT. According to authorities, the cop used lethal force during the incident because he thought Blake was attempting to steal a youngster in his vehicle. Blake’s biological children, on the other hand, were present at the time of the occurrence.
Blake sued Sheskey in March for specific damages related to the injuries he incurred during the shooting. Blake claimed in his lawsuit that one of the cop’s seven gunfire damaged his spinal cord, rendering him paralyzed. Since the tragedy, he has been unable to work or conduct daily duties, and he claims he is still restricted to a wheelchair following months of surgeries and physical rehabilitation.
Blake stated he was able to take a few steps during his son’s birthday party a year after the incident. He’s now working for Edifye, a nonprofit he co-founded last year. Edifye collaborates with professional athletes and other supporters to raise funds for communal bail, host community events, and more.
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