Madison, Wisconsin-Federal Prosecutors announced Friday they would not bring charges against Jacob Black’s Wisconsin police officer. The shooting last year sparked protests that saw two people killed.
Black was shot and killed by Officer Rusten Shakey during a Kenosha domestic disturbance in August 2020. Black was paralysed from the waist down by the shooting, which triggered many nights of protests that eventually turned into violent demonstrations. Three people were killed and two others were injured when an Illinois man opened fire on them during one of the protests.
In a video released earlier this year, Black was seen holding a knife and was being held under a felony arrest warrant. The state attorney decided to not charge Seski.
A few days after the shooting, the U.S. Department of Justice began its own investigation. The agency announced on Friday that a group of prosecutors from its Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Milwaukee reviewed police reports, witness statements, dispatch logs, and video of the incident, and determined that there was insufficient evidence that Siski used excessive force. Or violated Black’s federal rights.
In a press release, the Justice Department stated that “Therefore in the absence of federal prosecutor, the review has ended.”
Blake’s uncle, Justin Blake, called the decision “unreasonable” and stated that “it absolutely tramples on every civil right we can imagine. We can imagine this country owes every descendant of African Americans.”
“If it breaks our hearts, it is,” he stated. “But we have not experienced all that we have seen, so we don’t have everything.”
The Department of Justice investigation results coincided with the January Kenosha County District attorney Michael Graveley’s decision that Siski could argue that he fired in self defense.
After receiving a call from a woman stating that her boyfriend shouldn’t be at her home, Sheskey and the other officers met Blake. The woman called Sheskey and other officers to report that Black wanted to take her child, her SUV, and she was not allowed in her home.