The police officer who shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake is now back on duty...
And quite predictably, this news has caused total and utter outrage.
Here's the full story...
On August 23rd, 2020, Jacob Blake - a twenty-nine-year-old Black man - was cornered by Kenosha police officers responding to a 911 call.
The 911 call was in response to a "domestic incident" and Blake was in his car when the officers arrived on scene.
According to a witness, Blake pulled his car up near "6 or 7 women shouting at each other on the sidewalk" and he "did not say anything to the women."
But when the police arrived, other witnesses claimed Blake was trying to intervene between the arguing women which is when things turned ugly.
2 police officers used tasers on Blake when they attempted to subdue him after seeing a pocketknife fall from his trousers...
And although bystanders insisted he wasn't being violent, officer Rusten Sheskey went on to fire 7 shots towards Blake's back as he was trying to get back into his car.
2 of Blake's children were waiting in the back of the car as the horrors unfolded...
And after he was flown to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, it was discovered he was paralyzed from the waist down after suffering gunshot wounds to his arm, stomach, kidneys, and liver.
Although charges were later dropped against him, Blake continues to be paralyzed from the waist down...
And from the moment his story hit the headlines, outrage was triggered over the unjust treatment of yet another Black man by the U.S police force.
Protestors poured into Kenosha and other parts of the country in the days following the shooting...
And sadly, things quickly turned violent as police officers responded with tear gas and rubber pellets.
Following the shooting, Officer Sheskey - who had 7 years of experience as a police officer prior to the shooting - was put on administrative leave and investigated...
And Sheskey later claimed that he opened fire because he "feared for his life" after seeing Blake in possession of a knife, as per USA Today.
Well, almost 8 months on from the incident...
Officer Sheskey is now back on duty... and people are furious.
Wisconsin, wtf is wrong with you?Jacob Blake’s life is forever changed after being shot 7 times in the back and paralyzed, but the cop responsible gets to go back to work?!— Kate 🤍 (@ImSpeaking13) April 14, 2021
The cop who shot Jacob Blake point blank in the back, on video, is going back to work and will not face any discipline. So remember that if they sacrifice Derek Chauvin he'll be the exception, not the rule.— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) April 13, 2021
Incredible that Colin Kaepernick is denied a job b/c he took a knee to protest police brutality, but the cop who brutally shot & paralyzed Jacob Blake gets his job back w/o any consequences.— Qasim Rashid, Esq. قاسم رشید (@QasimRashid) April 14, 2021
Apparently protesting police brutality is more offensive than actual police brutality.
A failure by our justice system.— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) April 13, 2021
Jacob Blake was shot at by Kenosha police 7 times in front of his children.
He is paralyzed from the waist down.
This officer should not have a job, he should be facing a trial.
The Blake family deserves better than this, they deserve justice. https://t.co/qavJ8ZYtNJ
I feel sick.— FaceOfBlackUSA (@FaceOfBlackUSA) April 14, 2021
Kenosha officer who shot the black man Jacob Blake 7 times has returned to duty, and won't face disciplinary action. The shooting left Blake paralyzed.
This is a travesty of justice.#DemVoice1 #BlackLivesMatter #BLM pic.twitter.com/xuzD8MSE05
Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake 7 times in front of his children, and his punishment basically equated to a 'time out.'— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) April 13, 2021
The officer who shot Jacob Blake *SEVEN TIMES IN THE BACK*— Brian Huff (@bmhuff) April 13, 2021
will not face discipline and will get to return to his job. 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/hFY32BFHAq
We must NEVER stop until there is nothing short of TOTAL EQUALITY & the same protections for Black Americans as white. White people have to PRIORITIZE this equality. Behave as if it's your PERSONAL ISSUE bc it IS! If it could be achieved without you, it would be done by now. #BLM— RebBrooks (@RebBrooks1) April 13, 2021
This is the most disgusting and incompetent law enforcement response I've ever seen. These officers failed to control this investigation from the beginning. This is failed law enforcement that resulted in Blake being shot in the back 7 frigging times.— Frank D (@FrankD15045027) April 13, 2021
#JacobBlake that man almost lost his life when that coward officer fired 7 shots into his back as he was walking away. he deserves to be fired and in jail before he does it again.— I am that Queen👑🏁 (@SheisBee) April 14, 2021
District Attorney Michael Graveley announced back in January that Sheskey would face no criminal charges...
And as of March 31st, Sheskey has been back on duty.
Kenosha's police chief, Daniel Miskinis, released a statement on Sheskey's return to say he was found to have been acting within policy during the encounter with Blake.
Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he commented:
"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."
On March 25th, just days before Sheskey returned to work, Blake filed a federal civil rights lawsuit for damages against the officer...
Claiming his use of deadly force was excessive, violated Blake's rights under the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable seizure, and was done with "malice, willfulness, and reckless indifference" to Blake's rights.
We hope Blake is successful with his lawsuit...
Because after what he's endured at the hands of the police, it's the least he deserves.
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.