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US: No charges against officer in Jacob Blake shooting

Kenosha, Wisconsin shooting of Black man by white officer triggered sometimes violent protests in city

Servet Günerigök   | 06.01.2021
US: No charges against officer in Jacob Blake shooting Security forces stand guard in front of the courthouse following the shooting of a Black man by police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States on August 24, 2020. The Wisconsin National Guard has been deployed to Kenosha after the man was shot several times at close range in the back during an encounter with a police officer, which was caught on video. ( Tayfun Coşkun - Anadolu Agency )

WASHINGTON 

No charges will be filed against the white police officer who shot Jacob Blake, who is Black, last August, leaving him paralyzed, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said Tuesday.  

"It is my decision now...No Kenosha law enforcement officer in this case will be charged with any criminal offense based on the facts and the laws," Graveley told reporters at a briefing.

He also said that no charges will be filed against Blake.

"This was a tragedy, first and foremost, for Jacob Blake, who still suffers from grievous injuries. These are life-lasting injuries that he suffers from today," said the attorney.

Blake was shot in the back seven times by Rusten Shesky during an attempted arrest on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, leaving him partially paralyzed.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department officially declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of the decision in the case, warning of "rioting, looting, damage to county and city property and civil unrest."

Police officers opened fire on Blake as he opened the driver's side door of an SUV and began to enter the vehicle with his back facing the two officers.

The shooting ignited nationwide protests against police violence and racism, which came months after the police killing of George Floyd.

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