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No charges for Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/06/21, 03:37 am

Authorities put up concrete barricades and metal fencing around the Kenosha County, Wis., Courthouse, and many businesses in the city had boarded up their windows on Tuesday. A state prosecutor announced he would not file criminal charges against the police officer, Rusten Sheskey, who shot African American man Jacob Blake in August, leaving him paralyzed. The police were responding to a 911 call for a domestic incident involving Blake, but there is a dispute among him, the officers, and bystanders about the situation leading up to the shooting.

Did the decision spark protests? On Tuesday evening, about 20 protesters chanting “No justice, no peace” marched north of downtown. Another group of demonstrators later confronted National Guard members outside the courthouse, but the gatherings mostly remained peaceful. On Monday night, the Common Council unanimously gave the mayor the authority to impose a curfew. Gov. Tony Evers activated 500 National Guard troops to support the city in case of violence. The same day the prosecutor made his announcement, an Illinois teen facing multiple charges for shooting three people during the summer protests in Kenosha pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors added breaking curfew to the earlier charges, including intentional homicide, against 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.

Dig deeper: Read Anna Johansen’s report about the aftermath of the protests in Kenosha.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its original posting.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 01/05/2021 11:42 pm

    Hope it is really really really cold in Kenosha for the next few days and nights.  might help keep "peaceful protestors" from going out on the streets and destroying stuff, beating people.

  • RC
    Posted: Wed, 01/06/2021 01:33 pm

    With the number of protesters way down it appears that justice has been done. Mr. Blake has suffered server consequences for his actions. Based on the information I have seen, he totally ignored the police verbal and physical actions, did nothing to communicate his intentions other than to go to his vehicle to get or do, who knows what. Obviously, the police had little time to think of alternative actions.         

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 01/07/2021 10:26 pm

    Everything you say is true, but it does not seem a certain segment of society will EVER see a law enforcement shooting of a Black person as anything other than a totally hateful deliberate racist murder, or attempted murder.  I've seen news accounts of shooting victim's families and supporters saying the officers should have just got back in their cars and left, rather than confront a gun-brandishing Black criminal.  That kind of deranged thinking seems immune to any sort of reason, and the people who think like that are the people who smash store windows, beat passers-by, and burn police cars.