Police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot a black man, Jacob Black, who was paralyzed from the waist after the August shooting. The department has resumed work and will not be subject to disciplinary action.
In late March, officer Rustin Sheskey returned from administrative leave. According to a statement from Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis (Daniel Miskinis) on Tuesday, he “was found to have been acting within the scope of the policy and will not be subject to disciplinary action.”
The statement said that this decision was made after an external investigation and review by independent experts.
“Despite the multi-level review of the incident, I know that some people are not satisfied with the results; however, given the facts, this is the only legal and appropriate decision.”
Sheskey was not charged in the shooting. Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley told reporters in January this year that Siski and other police officers had strong reasons for self-defense.
Gravely said at the time: “If you don’t believe that the case can be reasonably proven, then you have a moral obligation not to file charges.”
Blake filed a federal complaint against Sheskey, the sole defendant, last month, demanding compensation for unspecified damages.
The police initially did not disclose any details of the Blake shooting, saying that the police are responding to domestic incidents. But the bystander video of the incident has been posted online and has attracted national attention.
In the video, Blake seems to be leaving the police officer. When he was shot in the back, he had opened the side door of the former driver. The authorities said that Siski and another officer tried to provide us with Blake’s stun gun, but they could not stop him.
The state attorney said Blake approached a knife when he was shot and found a blade on the footrest of the vehicle. Bystander Raysean White, who recorded the video, said that he heard the police yell “Put down the knife!” but had never seen Blake holding a knife blade.
At the time of filming, the Kenosha police officer was not equipped with a body camera.
When Graveley announced in January that he would have a back injury, although Blake was previously thought to have been shot seven times in the back, further examination of Blake’s medical records revealed that he had three entrance wounds on his left side and four gunshot wounds on his back. There is no charge for officials.
He said that although it was “absolutely appropriate” to ask whether the seven shots were excessive, Siski said that he continued to fire until the “threat” stopped during training.
When George Floyd died last summer, the police tried to arrest him. Four officials have been indicted on suspicion of Freud’s death, and one of them is currently on trial for murder and manslaughter.
The shooting of Blake caused another wave of protests in Kenosha and across the country. After the widely publicized case of black people being seriously injured or killed by the police, police reforms were demanded.
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