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Kenosha DA: No charges against police officer who shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake

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A not unexpected result with National Guard in place. Other legal activities will ensue.

The police officers involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake, which touched off days of civil unrest this past summer in Wisconsin, will not face any criminal charges, authorities said Tuesday.
Blake, who is Black, was struck by seven bullets at close range on Aug. 23 as he walked away from Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey, who had answered a domestic disturbance call.

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley told reporters that Shesky and other officers would have had a strong case for self-defense.

“If you don’t believe you can prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt, you have an ethical obligation not to issue charges,” Graveley said at a Tuesday press conference.

Blake's family lawyer, Ben Crump, said Graveley wrongfully denied the community its chance to try the facts at trial.

“We are immensely disappointed in Kenosha District Attorney Michael Gravely’s [sic] decision not to charge the officers involved in this horrific shooting,” Crump said in a statement.

“We feel this decision failed not only Jacob and his family, but the community that protested and demanded justice.”



— Tim Miller (@Timodc) January 5, 2021


— Michele Beith (@mickyd123us) January 5, 2021


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