Posted on April 14, 2021

White Wisconsin Officer Who Shot Black Man Returned to Duty

Associated Press, April 13, 2021

A white police officer from Wisconsin who was investigated and cleared for shooting and injuring a Black man during a domestic dispute has returned from administrative leave, officials said Tuesday.

Kenosha Officer Rusten Sheskey was not charged in the August 2020 incident that left Jacob Blake Jr. paralyzed from the waist down. Sheskey shot Blake seven times while Blake was about to get into an SUV.


Sheskey and two other Kenosha officers were trying to arrest Blake on an outstanding warrant when a pocketknife fell from his pants during a scuffle. {snip}

Sheskey told investigators that he feared for his own safety so he opened fire. {snip}

Blake last month filed a civil lawsuit accusing the officer of excessive force.