The Justice Department says the officer who shot Jacob Blake will not face civil rights charges
Jacob Blake was partially paralyzed in the 2020 shooting.
Civil rights charges against a Wisconsin police officer who Jacob Blake was shot last yearOn Friday, the Ministry of Justice announced his partial paralysis.
Kenosha police officer Rustin Chesky, who is white, fired seven times In Blake, who is Black, on August 23, 2020, after responding to a report of an internal dispute, authorities said.
In a statement following the investigation, the Justice Department said that the evidence obtained was insufficient to prove that Chesky “willfully used excessive force.”
Investigators reviewed police reports, law enforcement testimonies, witness statements, witness statements, photos, videos and more of the incident, which were captured on a witness’s mobile phone and sparked days of widespread protests in Kenosha.
“After a careful and thorough review, a team of experienced federal prosecutors has determined that there is insufficient evidence to establish beyond reasonable doubt that a KPD police officer willfully violated federal criminal civil rights laws,” the Department of Justice said.
The Justice Department said it had informed representatives of the Blake family of its decision.
ABC News spoke with Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr., shortly after the Justice Department’s announcement. He said he had not heard of the decision yet.
“I expected more from the administration. I expected much more,” he said. “I think we have a systematic racist system, and that system wasn’t made for us. So I didn’t expect the system to work for us, because it never works for us. It wasn’t made for us.”
Blake’s father said he disagrees that Chesky did not intentionally use excessive force.
“Seven times in the afternoon is excessive,” he said. “I don’t care if you’re a dog. Seven times in the back, isn’t that excessive?”
The shooting occurred while officers were trying to arrest Blake, who was issued an arrest warrant. After Blake walked to the front of his car toward the driver’s side door, Chesky fired his gun seven times toward his back.
Blake was hit by six bullets and is now paralyzed from the waist down.
Authorities said an unfolded knife was found on the driver’s side floorboard of Blake’s car.
Kenosha District Attorney Mike Gravelli, too Refrain from bringing any criminal charges against Chesky in connection with the incident last year, saying at the time the officer was justified in his use of force and was acting in self-defense because Blake was armed with a knife.
shisky was not disciplined For his use of force by the Kenosha Police Department, which he said was acting “within politics”.
In March, Blake Filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Chesky, accusing the officer of using “excessive and unnecessary” force.
“We believe this lawsuit will help establish accountability,” Befory Lamar, one of Blake’s attorneys, told ABC News at the time.
ABC News’ Stephanie Wash contributed to this report.