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Kenosha DA: No charges against cops or Jacob Blake in shooting

The National Guard is on standby in Wisconsin after Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that the Kenosha Police officers involved in the Aug. 23, 2020, shooting of Jacob Blake will not face criminal charges.

Also, Jacob Blake, who was shot multiple times in the back as he reached into his vehicle, will not be charged.

According to Graveley, the officer who fired, Rusten Sheskey, could successfully argue self-defense before a jury, Graveley said during a Tuesday news conference. His decision was based on evidence that could not be seen on cellphone video of the incident, which showed Sheskey shooting Blake, 29, as he got into a vehicle with his children inside.

Blake, who was shot in the back, was left paralyzed. The video, which was widely shared on social media, sparked protests, vandalism and arson.

Jacob Blake’s attorneys Ben Crump, Patrick A. Salvi II and B’Ivory LaMarr released a statement after Graveley announced none of the officers involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake would face charges.

In part it reads:

“We are immensely disappointed in Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley’s decision not to charge the officers involved in this horrific shooting. We feel this decision failed not only Jacob and his family, but the community that protested and demanded justice.”