DOJ closes case against Wis. officer who allegedly shot Jacob Blake says will not pursue criminal civil rights charges against Kenosha officer

Kenosha County Courthouse District Attorney Michael Graveley announces no charges would be filed against Police Officer Rusten Sheskey for the shooting of Jacob Blake on January 05, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Sheskey shot Jacob Blake 7 times in the back during an incident over the summer which led to several days of rioting and unrest in the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Kenosha County Courthouse District Attorney Michael Graveley announces no charges would be filed against Police Officer Rusten Sheskey for the shooting of Jacob Blake on January 05, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Sheskey shot Jacob Blake 7 times in the back during an incident over the summer which led to several days of rioting and unrest in the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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The Department of Justice closed its case regarding the officer involved shooting of 30-year-old Jacob Blake. In a press release on Friday, the DOJ said it would not pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer Rusten Sheskey.

In late August 2020, Blake was shot several times outside of his girlfriend’s home after his girlfriend reportedly called 911 over a domestic dispute. Sheskey allegedly began firing his weapon after seeing a knife fall out of Blake’s pocket.

The DOJ affirmed their investigators analyzed copious amounts of evidence and found Sheskey did not violate any civil rights law.

“The department makes this decision because the evidence obtained is insufficient to prove that the KPD officer willfully used excessive force,” the DOJ explained in a released statement. “…Accordingly, the review of this incident has been closed without a federal prosecution.”

 

The DOJ added representatives of the Blake family were informed of the decision to close the review case.

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