Jacob Blake cop Rusten Sheskey WON'T be charged with shooting him 7 times as National Guard deployed to Kenosha
THE cop at the centre of the Jacob Blake shooting will not face charges, as the National Guard is sent into Kenosha.
Blake was left paralyzed after being shot seven times in the back by cop Rusten Sheskey when he attended a domestic dispute in August last year.
None of the cops who also attended the incident will face charges.
Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said: "No Kenosha law enforcement officer in [the Jacob Blake] case will be charged with any criminal offense."
Graveley added: "No charge will be filed against Jacob Blake."
He said he “would have to disprove the clear expression of these officers that they had to fire a weapon to defend themselves.”
Graveley added: “I do not believe the state … would be able to prove that the privilege of self-defense is not available.”
He said he had informed Blake of the news before a news conference to announce the decision.
Graveley also played the 911 call made by Blake's ex-girlfriend that lead to Sheskey and other cops going to the house.
The woman, who was not named, claimed Blake had the keys to a rental car she had to take back but he was not handing them over.
Governor Tony Evers called in 500 troops on Monday night at the request of local officials to "help ensure public safety."
The city is currently braced for a charging decision over the White cop who shot Jacob Blake in the back during the summer.
Officer Rusten Sheskey had being attending a domestic dispute on August 23 when he fired seven times at Blake as he was trying to get inside and SUV.
Sheskey is a cop with over seven years' experience on the force.
Blake’s three young children were in the back seat.
Investigators later recovered a knife from the driver's-side footwell of Blake's car, near the door he had been entering, according to the Wisconsin DOJ statement, but his family deny he was armed.
A video emerged later of the shooting which left Blake paralyzed and sparked outrage across the country and several nights of disturbances in Kenosha.
Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley is due to announce whether Sheskey will face criminal charges over the shooting sometime during the first two weeks of January.
Kenosha Common Council have approved a resolution that will allow the mayor to impose emergency measures including a curfew.
Fencing has now been erected around the local courthouse and businesses in the area have boarded up their windows.
Cops have also closed off side streets.
Evers said in a statement: "Our members of the National Guard will be on hand to support local first responders, ensure Kenoshans are able to assemble safely, and to protect critical infrastructure as necessary.”
Blake’s family also held a rally Monday night and marched with supporters, calling for Sheskey to be fired as well as face criminal charges and his conviction.
Jacob Blake Sr., Blake's father, urged supporters to stand up against police brutality nationwide.
"Let's stand up and make some noise," Blake, Sr. said. "Let's be heard around the world."
Blake claimed his son posed no threat to the officer adding he wanted Sheskey to face attempted murder charges.
"He tried to kill my son," Blake, Sr. said. "He didn't try to take my son down, he tried to kill my son, and he could have killed my grandchildren."
Executive director of the community group Leaders of Kenosha, Tanya McLean, urged protesters to remain peaceful.
"No matter what the decision is, we are seeking nonviolence," she said. "We want everybody to come out, make as much noise as you want, but we don't want any destruction of property or businesses. We are for nonviolence. Anything else is not acceptable for this community."
The news comes as Kyle Rittenhouse entered a plea of not guilty to killing two people at a Wisconsin protest sparked by the Blake shooting.
The 18-year-old entered his plea in a brief hearing conducted by teleconference on Tuesday.
Rittenhouse allegedly learned of a call to protect businesses in the wake of the August 23 shooting by police of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse opened fire with an assault-style rifle during protests two nights later, killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz.
Rittenhouse has argued he fired in self-defense.
The Blake shooting happened three months after George Floyd died while being restrained by police officers in Minneapolis, a death that was captured on bystander video and sparked outrage and protests that spread across the US and around the world,
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