The Justice Department said the Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake will not be charged
The The Ministry of Justice said Evidence he obtained FBI And state investigators are insufficient to prove that Officer Rustin Chesky “intentionally” used excessive force when he shot 30-year-old Blake in August 2020.
Shisuki and other officers They were responding For a call from a woman informed that Blake was at her house when he wasn’t supposed to be and won’t be leaving.
The police union said at the time that Blake was in possession of a knife and that officers used a stun before deciding to shoot him. Brendan Matthews, an attorney representing Chesky, said: CNN In September 2020, his client decided to use lethal force because he was afraid that Blake would flee the scene with a kidnapped child.
Matthews said Chesky heard a woman say “He’s got my baby. He’s got my keys,” and in the event Chesky allowed something to happen to the baby, the questions would be “Why didn’t you do something?”
“Nothing has been demonstrated that the officer acted with the willful and specific intent to do something prohibited by law. No accident, error, fear, negligence, or poor judgment is sufficient to establish an intentional violation of federal criminal civil rights,” the Justice Department said in a statement. Friday’s statement upholding its decision not to press charges against Chesky.
A team of federal prosecutors from the Civil Rights Division and the US Attorney’s office reviewed the evidence to determine whether Chesky violated any federal laws, according to the Justice Department. The team analyzed multiple materials including police reports, law enforcement testimonies, witness statements, and witness statements.
They also analyzed transmission logs, reports of physical evidence, photos and videos that documented some parts of the accident.
The Justice Department added that the team determined “there is insufficient evidence to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the KPD police officer willfully violated federal criminal civil rights laws. Accordingly, the review of this incident has been closed without a federal trial.”
In September 2020, Blake speak out In a video posted on social media by his lawyer, Benjamin Crump, after the 30-year-old was shot. In the video, Blake described the pain he experienced due to his injuries, which paralyzed him from the waist down, and urged viewers to “change their lives”.
In January, Michael Gravelli, the Kenosha County District Attorney, said Chesky would not be charged with the shooting. The officer was placed on administrative leave after the incident.
When deciding whether to charge Chesky for shooting, Gravelli considered what a jury trial would look like and whether he could prove the case “without a doubt.”
Graveley saw the only circumstance in which he could dispute whether Sheskey had a right to defend himself, with the following question: “Did Officer Sheskey reasonably believe that the shooting of Jacob Blake was necessary to prevent his being stabbed or that it was necessary to prevent a person from being stabbed?” Who else is in imminent danger of death or bodily harm?
In considering this question, Graveley said he did not believe the state could deny the right of self-defense which would make the attorney general “morally obligated” not to indict the case.
NEWSWEEK He contacted Blake’s attorneys, Benjamin Crump, Gravelli, and Matthews for comments, but did not receive a response prior to publication.