Following being put on administrative leave, Officer Rusten Sheskey returned to duty at the end of March which will spark outrage from the Blake family as Jacob Blake was shot in the back and is paralyzed from the waist down. The Kenosha Police Department released this statement:
Media Release pic.twitter.com/wdq5QaNNyk— Kenosha Police Dept. (@KenoshaPolice) April 13, 2021
“The Kenosha, Wis., police chief said a review found that officer Rusten Sheskey — who fired 7 shots at close range at Jacob Blake’s back last summer, leaving him paralyzed — acted within department policy and has returned to the job.”
The Kenosha, Wis., police chief said a review found that officer Rusten Sheskey — who fired 7 shots at close range at Jacob Blake’s back last summer, leaving him paralyzed — acted within department policy and has returned to the job.https://t.co/khBdm82YFg— NPR (@NPR) April 13, 2021
In early August of 2020, 29-year-old Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by a White police officer which sparked outrage from many people causing riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin with business being looted and stores burned to the ground by BLM.
Now, officer Sheskey has faced practically no punishment for his actions. Chief Daniel Miskinis said, “Although this incident has been reviewed at multiple levels, I know that some will not be pleased with the outcome; however, given the facts, the only lawful and appropriate decision was made,”.
He went on, “This incident was also reviewed internally. Officer Sheskey was found to have been acting within policy and will not be subjected to discipline.”
This past week, riots and looting has broken out following the killing of a black man by a female police officer who accidentally shot her handgun instead of a taser as was seen on the released bodycam footage. This also comes as the Derek Chauvin trial has also gone underway putting many people on standby for possible riots following the verdict in that trial.
Now that the officer who shot Jacob Blake has been essentially let off the hook, this will potentially cause mass riots, looting, and burning in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but we certainly hope that is not the case.
We will have to wait to see what happens tonight and in the nights to follow.
Stay tuned to Media Right News for more updates.
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