Kenosha shooting: One officer fired all seven shots into Jacob Blake’s back
The video is horrific, as a police officer fired seven shots that hit Jacob Blake in the back.
The officer identified as Rusten Sheskey has been on the force for seven years. No other officer at the scene fired a weapon. Blake was shot as he leaned into his car where children sat in the back seat. Blake informed officers he had a legal knife in his possession.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes made the video available.
It is unclear if Officer Sheskey knew of the knife or was threatened by Blake. The knife was found on the driver-side floorboard. No other weapon was found or recovered.
What is clear is no man should die shot in the back seven times in front of his children..
According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Kenosha Police Officers showed up “after a female caller reported that her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be on the premises.” Officers tried to arrest Blake, using a Taser, which was unsuccessful in stopping Blake. Blake ” walked around his vehicle, opened the driver’s side door, and leaned forward.”
The DOJ statement continued “While holding onto Mr. Blake’s shirt, Officer Rusten Sheskey fired his service weapon 7 times, Officer Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr. Blake’s back. No other officer fired their weapon. Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, therefore the officers were not wearing body cameras.”
“When DCI is the lead investigating agency of a shooting involving a law enforcement officer, DCI aims to provide a report of the incident to the prosecutor within 30 days,” The DOJ statement added.
“The prosecutor then reviews the report and makes a determination about what charges, if any, are appropriate. If the prosecutor determines there is no basis for the prosecution of the law enforcement officer, DCI will thereafter make the report available to the public.”
Three nights of protests have ensued that have led to two more deaths and a 17-year-old arrested for shooting in the name of protecting Kenosha.
Court records show Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge in Kenosha County. He is now jailed in Lake County, Illinois, and has been charged there as a fugitive from justice. He will appear for an extradition hearing on Friday.
On a night where Kenosha struggled in the midst of social injustice, the RNC ignored to mention Mr. Blake by name, and FOX host Tucker Carlson excused Mr. Rittenhouse’s actions.
Authorities did not release the victims’ names but said the two killed were a 26-year-old man from Kenosha County and a 36-year-old Kenosha man.
Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, was shot in the arm and is expected to survive. Grosskreutz was in Kenosha with the social justice reform group the People’s Revolution Movement of Milwaukee. Mr. Rittenhouse will be charged as an adult.
And to further highlight the division in the country, the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic, leading the NBA to postpone all Wednesday playoff games.
For 72 hours protests have run rampant through Kenosha. Buildings burning, windows smashed, and stores looted. Other cities have followed such as Los Angeles and Minneapolis, the epicenter of the Black Lives Matter movement this summer following George Floyd’s death.
Stands are being taken and the moment has become a movement.
Mr. Blake remains in stable but critical conditions in a nearby hospital.