Police Officer Who Paralysed Jacob Blake Is Back On Duty | 22 Words

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...

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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...

Wisconsin Department of Justice

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.

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...

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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.