Officer who shot Jacob Blake won’t face federal civil rights charges

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The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist down and sparked several nights of protests.

The Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake last year in Wisconsin will not face federal civil rights charges, prosecutors announced Friday.

Officer Rusten Sheskey, who is white, shot Blake during a domestic disturbance in Kenosha in August 2020. The shooting left Blake, who is Black, paralyzed from the waist down and sparked several nights of protests.

“After a careful and thorough review, a team of experienced federal prosecutors determined that insufficient evidence exists to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer willfully violated the federal criminal civil rights statutes,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. “Accordingly, the review of this incident has been closed without a federal prosecution.”

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