Kenosha police: 55 more charged for violence during protests
Protests have erupted following the police shooting of Jacob Blake a day earlier. Kenosha police say 55 people are facing charges related to violent demonstrations after the police shooting of Jacob Blake last summer. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)KENOSHA, Wis. – Fifty-five people are facing charges related to violent demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake last summer, police said Friday. The violent protests in Kenosha lasted for several nights. Miskinis said 49 adults and six minors are facing charges including arson, burglary, possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.
Jacob Blake says he was ready to surrender before being shot
A police officer shot Blake in the back multiple times after responding to a domestic dispute on Aug. 23, 2020. On Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, a Wisconsin prosecutor declined to file criminal charges against the officer who shot Blake. Blake said he was prepared to surrender once he put the knife in the vehicle. Officer Rusten Sheskey told investigators that he feared that Blake was going to stab him, so he opened fire. In the “Good Morning America” interview, Blake, who was shot seven times, said he shouldn't have grabbed his knife.
Activists in Kenosha move carefully after US Capitol chaos
The street protests went on for several nights, sometimes turning violent as self-styled militia heeded social media messages to protect businesses. Prosecutors say Illinois teen Kyle Rittenhouse opened fire during one of the protests, killing two people and wounding a third. Blake's family and activists reacted with anger and disappointment, but initial protests were subdued. There's evidence police in Kenosha support them.”Kenosha police were captured on cellphone video during the August protest thanking militia members — and Rittenhouse — for coming to the city. She alleges the city and Kenosha County were negligent in their response to the unrest.
Activists seek laws after officer cleared in Blake shooting
A police officer shot Blake in the back multiple times after responding to a domestic dispute on Aug. 23, 2020. On Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, a Wisconsin prosecutor declined to file criminal charges against the officer who shot Blake. After the Aug. 23 shooting that left Blake paralyzed, the decision on whether to charge Rusten Sheskey came down to a familiar question: Was the Kenosha officer justified in using force to protect himself? Those included requiring body cameras and dashcams, a standard protocol for independent investigations and an easy-to-access database of disciplinary actions. The city had planned to acquire body cameras in 2022, but after Blake's shooting, that timetable was sped up to put the cameras in use this year.
LeBron, Marquette, Bucks react to ruling in Kenosha shooting
Jacob Blake, who is Black, was left paralyzed after being shot in the back on Aug. 23 by Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey, who is white. The Bucks — who share Fiserv Forum with Marquette about 40 miles north of Kenosha — sat out an August first-round playoff game to protest the shooting. That led the NBA to postpone all games that day, and player-driven protests also led to postponements in the WNBA and Major League Baseball. “The Bucks organization remains firmly against excessive use of force by law enforcement,” the Bucks said. “We’ve got to continue to stay strong continue to believe in each other and continue to push for the greater change and the greater good,” James said.
No charges against Wisconsin officer who shot Jacob Blake
Officer Rusten Sheskey said he “feared Jacob Blake was going to stab him with the knife" as he tried to stop Blake from fleeing the scene. The shooting of Blake, captured on bystander video, turned the nation’s spotlight on Wisconsin during a summer marked by protests over police brutality and racism. Sheskey fired seven times, hitting Blake in the back four times and in the side three times, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Bystander video showed Rittenhouse shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding a third man. Also, corrects prosecutor’s narrative to show he asserted that Blake, not Sheskey, twisted toward the officer.
Wisconsin city braces for protest as charging decision looms
Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake seven times on Aug. 23 as Blake was about to get into an SUV during a domestic dispute. Tony Evers activated 500 National Guard troops to help Kenosha authorities when the decision is announced. “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,” Evers said in a statement. The family said it's taken too long for a charging decision, and the precautions suggest that Sheskey won't be charged. “What is the National Guard for?” Jacob Blake Sr. said.
Uncle: Jacob Blake being treated at Illinois rehab center
Blake's uncle Justin Blake told The Associated Press that his nephew was discharged “about a week ago.” He declined to say be more specific about where Jacob was being treated, citing threats to the Blake family since the shooting. “He's getting mentally stronger and physically stronger. Justin Blake said his nephew is an in-patient at the rehabilitation center. Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times Aug. 23 after walking away from the officer and two others who were trying to arrest him. The officer, Rusten Sheskey, shot Blake after Blake opened an SUV’s driver-side door and leaned into the vehicle.
Former Wisconsin police chief to review Jacob Blake shooting
The shooting of Blake on Aug. 23 by a white Kenosha police officer made Wisconsin the epicenter of the nation’s ongoing debate over police violence and racial injustice. It will then be up to Gravely about whether to file charges. The officer, Rusten Sheskey, shot Blake after Blake opened an SUV’s driver-side door and leaned into the vehicle. Crump has called for the arrest of Sheskey, the officer who shot Blake, and for the two other officers involved in the shooting to be fired. Union attorney Brendan Matthews said officers were aware that Blake had an open warrant for felony sexual assault before they arrived.
Attorney: Jacob Blake no longer handcuffed to hospital bed
FILE - In this September 2019 file selfie photo taken in Evanston, Ill., Adria-Joi Watkins poses with her second cousin Jacob Blake. (Courtesy Adria-Joi Watkins via AP, File)MADISON, Wis. Jacob Blake is no longer shackled to his hospital bed, as he had been following a police shooting in southeastern Wisconsin that left him paralyzed, his attorneys said Friday. Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake, a Black man, seven times in the back on Sunday while responding to a domestic abuse call. The governor said Blake had already paid a horrific price.Blake's attorney in the sexual assault case said Friday that Blake was no longer in restraints. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that Blake was no longer in custody because he has posted bond and deputies are no longer guarding him at the hospital.
Kenosha police union gives its version of Blake shooting
This undated handout photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Justice shows Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey. State authorities identified Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department, as the officer who shot Jacob Blake. Crump has called for the arrest of the officer who shot Blake and for the two other officers involved in the shooting to be fired. Matthews said officers were aware that Blake had an open warrant for felony sexual assault before they arrived. The bystander who recorded the shooting, 22-year-old Raysean White, said he saw Blake scuffling with three officers and heard them yell, Drop the knife!