Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday announced it would not pursue federal civil rights charges against the Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake.
The Blake family was notified of the decision by officials from the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, WITI reported.
DOJ said in a press release that its investigation had obtained insufficient evidence to prove Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey willfully used excessive force against Blake.
It said federal prosecutors had reviewed evidence obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and state investigators and determined that there wasn’t reason to believe that Officer Sheskey had acted with the deliberate and specific intent to deprive Blake of his constitutional rights, WITI reported.
“After a careful and thorough review, a team of experienced federal prosecutors determined that insufficient evidence exists to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the KPD officer willfully violated the federal criminal civil rights statutes,” the statement read.
The shooting occurred on Aug. 23, 2020 after Laquisha Booker, the mother of Blake’s children, called 911 and told them Blake “isn’t supposed to be there and he took the complainant’s keys and is refusing to give them back,” according to a statement from the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
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