Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Cop who shot Jacob Blake in back seven times is named and pictured

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The police officer who fired seven bullets into the back of Jacob Blake has been pictured and named as Rusten Sheskey.

Sheskey fired the shots at Blake while attempting to arrest him as he walked to the door of his car.

No other officer discharged their weapon.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice said Officer Sheskey, a dad, is a seven-year veteran of the force.

The Department of Justice said during the investigation that Blake said he had a knife and that one was recovered from the side of his car.

The statement said: "Kenosha Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of 40th Street on the evening of Sunday, 23 August after a female caller reported that her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be on the premises.

"During the incident, officers attempted to arrest Jacob S Blake, age 29. Law enforcement deployed a taser to attempt to stop Mr Blake, however the taser was not successful in stopping Mr Blake.

"Mr Blake walked around his vehicle, opened the driver's side door, and leaned forward.

"While holding onto Mr Blake's shirt, officer Rusten Sheskey fired his service weapon seven times. Officer Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr Blake's back.

"No other officer fired their weapon. Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, therefore the officers were not wearing body cameras.

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"The shooting officer, Kenosha Police officer Rusten Sheskey, has been a law enforcement officer with Kenosha Police Department for seven years.

"During the investigation following the initial incident, Mr Blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession. Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) agents recovered a knife from the driver's side floorboard of Mr Blake's vehicle. A search of the vehicle located no additional weapons.

"Law enforcement immediately provided medical aid to Mr Blake. Flight for Life transported Mr Blake to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Mr Blake remains at the hospital."

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.

Earlier this week, two people were killed after shots were fired during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that broke out following the shooting against Blake.

It also follows the death of George Floyd earlier this year, that sparked Black Lives Matter protests around the world.

Floyd was heard in harrowing footage begging for his life as a white police officer placed his knee on his neck.

He was heard saying "I can't breathe" repeatedly before his death.

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