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Thursday, 27 August 2020

REVEALED: Kenosha cop, 31, 'who shot' Jacob Blake is seven year law enforcement veteran who previously worked on the University of Wisconsin's campus police and was disciplined in 2017 for a vehicle violation code

This is the Kenosha police officer accused of shooting Jacob Blake at least eight times in the back, as the father-of-six is now paralyzed from the waist down after his body was riddled with bullets 
Officer Rusten Sheskey, 31, has been identified as the officer who is seen on video grabbing Blake's shirt from behind and opening fire on Blake, 29, in front of his three young sons on Sunday night in Wisconsin. Luke Courtier, 27, was also at the scene during the shooting. 
While Courtier only joined the Kenosha Police Department in 2016, Sheskey is a seven-and-a-half-year veteran of the force. He previously worked for the University of Wisconsin Parkside's campus police for three years.
According to records, Sheskey makes just under $70,000 a year and was disciplined in March 2017 for a violation of the force's Safe Operation of Department Vehicles, stemming from an incident in September 2016. He was suspended without pay for one day. 
Officer Rusten Sheskey, 31, has been identified as the officer who is seen on video grabbing Blake's shirt from behind and opening fire on Blake, 29, in front of his three young sons on Sunday night in Wisconsin
Officer Rusten Sheskey, 31, has been identified as the officer who is seen on video grabbing Blake's shirt from behind and opening fire on Blake, 29, in front of his three young sons on Sunday night in Wisconsin
Jacob Blake, is now paralyzed from the waist down after his body was riddled with bullets, his father says. Blake is pictured above being treated just moments after the shooting
Jacob Blake, is now paralyzed from the waist down after his body was riddled with bullets, his father says. Blake is pictured above being treated just moments after the shooting
The police shooting of Blake in front of his three young sons has led to two nights of violent unrest in the city that is located between Milwaukee and Chicago
The police shooting of Blake in front of his three young sons has led to two nights of violent unrest in the city that is located between Milwaukee and Chicago
He was also named in a lawsuit filed against the Kenosha PD last January, where a man alleged officers wrongfully used a no knock search warrant to detain him, claiming cops violated his rights and intended to do bodily harm while armed.
Meanwhile, according to a now deleted social media post, an account seemingly belonging to Courtier had criticized the protests against the death of Dontre Hamilton, a black man who was shot dead by police in Milwaukee in 2014.
Courtier allegedly wrote: Really???? This is pathetic. It was a good shot, get over it already.’  
Speaking to Kenosha News last year, Sheskey said he had always wanted to be a police officer, adding that his grandfather had been on the city's force for 33 years.
The identification of Sheskey comes as Blake's tearful mother made a heartbreaking plea to 'examine your hearts' in the wake of protesting and rioting in Kenosha over the shooting.
Earlier on Tuesday, Blake's father, who is also named Jacob Blake, told the Chicago Sun-Times that his son has 'eight holes' in his body and is paralyzed from the waist down.
Doctors do not yet know if the paralysis will be permanent, as Blake is currently in a stable condition at the hospital after undergoing surgery.
Luke Courtier, 27, was also at the scene during the shooting
Sheskey is a seven-and-a-half-year veteran of the force. He previously worked for the University of Wisconsin Parkside's campus police for three years
Luke Courtier, 27, (left, on the left) was also at the scene during the shooting. While Courtier only joined the Kenosha Police Department in 2016, Sheskey (right)  is a seven-and-a-half-year veteran of the force. He previously worked for the University of Wisconsin Parkside's campus police for three years
Meanwhile, according to a now deleted social media post, an account seemingly belonging to Courtier (pictured)  had criticized the protests against the death of Dontre Hamilton, a black man who was shot dead by police in Milwaukee in 2014
Meanwhile, according to a now deleted social media post, an account seemingly belonging to Courtier (pictured)  had criticized the protests against the death of Dontre Hamilton, a black man who was shot dead by police in Milwaukee in 2014
According to records, Sheskey (second from the right) makes just under $70,000 a year and was disciplined in March 2017 for a violation of the force's Safe Operation of Department Vehicles, stemming from an incident in September 2016. He was suspended without pay for one day
According to records, Sheskey (second from the right) makes just under $70,000 a year and was disciplined in March 2017 for a violation of the force's Safe Operation of Department Vehicles, stemming from an incident in September 2016. He was suspended without pay for one day
Sheskey was also named in a lawsuit filed against the Kenosha PD last January, where a man alleged officers wrongfully used a no knock search warrant to detain him, claiming cops violated his rights and intended to do bodily harm while armed
Sheskey was also named in a lawsuit filed against the Kenosha PD last January, where a man alleged officers wrongfully used a no knock search warrant to detain him, claiming cops violated his rights and intended to do bodily harm while armed
It doesn't appear that Courtier (pictured) opened fire on Blake but was at the scene
It doesn't appear that Courtier (pictured) opened fire on Blake but was at the scene
On Monday night a second video emerged, which offers a different angle from the initial cellphone footage, and appears to show Blake wrestling with officers in the lead up to the shooting. 
Both videos capture Blake walking to the driver's side of his SUV and opening the door when the officer started shooting.   
Blake's father said he learned Sunday night that officers had shot his son and that he saw the now-viral cellphone video of the incident online just a few minutes later. Blake's father is driving from Charlotte, North Carolina to Wisconsin to be by his son's side in hospital. 
'What justified all those shots?' his father said. 'What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing?
'I want to put my hand on my son's cheek and kiss him on his forehead, and then I'll be OK. I'll kiss him with my mask. The first thing I want to do is touch my son.' 
After the first video went viral on social media, a second cellphone video emerged that appeared to show Blake wrestling with at least two officers beside the SUV prior to the shooting. 
Blake managed to break free and was shown in the video walking to the driver's side of his SUV. 
Both videos show the moment Blake walked from the sidewalk around the front of his SUV to his driver-side door while officers followed him with their guns pointed as they shouted at him.
As Blake opened the door and leaned into the SUV where his three children  - aged 8, 5 and 3 - were, an officer grabbed his shirt from behind and opened fire while Blake had his back turned. At least seven shots could be heard. 
The officers involved have since been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice in a shooting by police. Authorities released no details about the officers.
Kenosha police do not have body cameras but do have body microphones.    
New angle Jacob Blake fighting with police before shooting
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A second cellphone video that emerged later appeared to show Blake wrestling with two officers beside the SUV prior to the shooting
A second cellphone video that emerged later appeared to show Blake wrestling with two officers beside the SUV prior to the shooting 
Blake and at least two officers were filmed wrestling with each other on the pavement near his SUV, according to this second video
Blake and at least two officers were filmed wrestling with each other on the pavement near his SUV, according to this second video
The man who said he made the initial cellphone video, 22-year-old Raysean White, said he saw Blake scuffling with three officers and heard them yell: 'Drop the knife! Drop the knife!' before the gunfire erupted. He said he didn't see a knife in Blake's hands.  
White said that before the gunfire, he looked out his window and saw six or seven women shouting at each other on the sidewalk. 
A few moments later, Blake drove up in his SUV and told his son, who was standing nearby, to get in the vehicle, according to White. White said Blake did not say anything to the women.  

White said he left the window for a few minutes, and when he came back, saw three officers wrestling with Blake. One punched Blake in the ribs, and another used a stun gun on him, White said. He said Blake got free and started walking away as officers yelled about a knife.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, representing Blake's family, said Blake was 'simply trying to do the right thing by intervening in a domestic incident.'
Police did not immediately confirm either man's account. They did say, however, confirm they were responding to a call about a domestic dispute when they encountered Blake.  
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The images above show the moments leading up to the shooting. Blake (seen in the white shirt) walks away from a police officer who has his gun drawn and is ordering him to stop
The images above show the moments leading up to the shooting. Blake (seen in the white shirt) walks away from a police officer who has his gun drawn and is ordering him to stop
The images above show the moments leading up to the shooting. Blake (seen in the white shirt) walks away from a police officer who has his gun drawn and is ordering him to stop
Donnell and Tamika Lauderdale were spotted washing the blood off the road on Monday after Blake was shot a day earlier
Donnell and Tamika Lauderdale were spotted washing the blood off the road on Monday after Blake was shot a day earlier
Blake's partner, Laquisha Booker, told WTMJ-TV that the couple's three children were in the back seat of the SUV when police shot him.
'That man just literally grabbed him by his shirt and looked the other way and was just shooting him. With the kids in the back screaming. Screaming,' Booker said. 
According to online records, Kenosha County prosecutors recently charged Blake with third-degree sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse
According to online records, Kenosha County prosecutors recently charged Blake with third-degree sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse
Blake's father told the Chicago Sun Times that his son also has three other children. 
Anger over the shooting spilled into the streets of Kenosha for a second night on Monday, with police again firing tear gas at hundreds of protesters who defied a curfew, threw bottles and shot fireworks at law enforcement guarding the courthouse. 
Crump, who has also represented the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, said Blake's family has asked that demonstrations in response to his shooting remain peaceful.
'They don't believe violence to be the solution,' he said. 
The shooting drew condemnation from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who also called out 125 members of the National Guard on Monday after protesters set cars on fire, smashed windows and clashed with officers in riot gear the previous night.  
The governor said he has seen no information to suggest Blake had a knife or other weapon, but that the case is still being investigated by the state Justice Department. 
Evers was quick to condemn the bloodshed, saying that while not all details were known 'what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.' 
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said the officers 'must be held accountable.' 
Anger over the shooting spilled into the streets of Kenosha for a second night on Monday, with police again firing tear gas at hundreds of protesters who defied a curfew
Anger over the shooting spilled into the streets of Kenosha for a second night on Monday, with police again firing tear gas at hundreds of protesters who defied a curfew 
Demonstrators throw tear gas back at law enforcement on August 24. Hours into the curfew, the mostly peaceful demonstration turned violent. Commercial and government buildings were set ablaze, along with vehicles in car dealership lots
Demonstrators throw tear gas back at law enforcement on August 24. Hours into the curfew, the mostly peaceful demonstration turned violent. Commercial and government buildings were set ablaze, along with vehicles in car dealership lots
Law enforcement officers face angry crowds during a second night of unrest in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake
Law enforcement officers face angry crowds during a second night of unrest in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake
Police attempt to push back protesters outside the Kenosha County Courthouse late on Monday
Police attempt to push back protesters outside the Kenosha County Courthouse late on Monday
Protestores took turns posing in front of a burning garbage truck during a second night of unrest in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers
Protestores took turns posing in front of a burning garbage truck during a second night of unrest in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers
A city garbage truck burns during a second night of unrest in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Monday
A city garbage truck burns during a second night of unrest in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Monday
Republicans and the police union accused the politicians of rushing to judgment, reflecting the deep partisan divide in Wisconsin, a key presidential battleground state. 
Wisconsin GOP members decried the violent protests, echoing the law-and-order theme that President Donald Trump has been using in his reelection campaign. 
The shooting drew condemnation from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who also called out 125 members of the National Guard on Monday after protesters set cars on fire, smashed windows and clashed with officers in riot gear the previous night
The shooting drew condemnation from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who also called out 125 members of the National Guard on Monday after protesters set cars on fire, smashed windows and clashed with officers in riot gear the previous night 
'As always, the video currently circulating does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident,' Pete Deates, president of the Kenosha police union, said in a statement. 
He called the governor's statement 'wholly irresponsible.'  
Details have since emerged about Blake's criminal past, including a recent arrest for sexual assault.
According to online records, Kenosha County prosecutors charged Blake with third-degree sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse.  
It was unclear whether that case had anything to do with the shooting.
In 2015, Blake was also charged with resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon after he pulled a gun at a local bar in Racine.  
Blake's grandfather, Jacob Blake Sr., was a prominent minister and civil rights leader in the Chicago area who helped organize a march and spoke in support of a comprehensive housing law in Evanston, Illinois, days after the 1968 slaying of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Rachel Noerdlinger, publicist for the National Action Network, told The Associated Press that the Rev. Al Sharpton spoke on Monday to Blake's father, who called the civil rights leader for his support. 
Blake's father will speak at Sharpton's March on Washington commemoration on Friday, Noerdlinger said.
Karissa Lewis, national field director of Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 150 Black-led organizations that make up the broader Black Lives Matter movement, said the shooting was yet another example of why activists have called for defunding police departments.
'There's no amount of training or reform that can teach a police officer that it's wrong to shoot a Black man in the back seven times while his children watch,' Lewis said. 
The letters 'BLM' are emblazoned in blood-red paint on the outside of a vandalized jewelry store in downtown Kenosha
The letters 'BLM' are emblazoned in blood-red paint on the outside of a vandalized jewelry store in downtown Kenosha
One local business hit particularly hard by the unruly scenes was Car Source, a local automobile dealership
One local business hit particularly hard by the unruly scenes was Car Source, a local automobile dealership
The interior of a burned out restaurant is seen on Monday after a night of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin
The interior of a burned out restaurant is seen on Monday after a night of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin
Kenosha residents woke Monday morning to broken and charred storefronts, with dozens of cars and trucks in the street burnt out, such as this one above
Kenosha residents woke Monday morning to broken and charred storefronts, with dozens of cars and trucks in the street burnt out, such as this one above
Protesters hold signs supporting Black Lives Matter during a demonstration in front of the Kenosha County Court House on Monday
Protesters hold signs supporting Black Lives Matter during a demonstration in front of the Kenosha County Court House on Monday
Sheriff's officers in riot gear stand guard outside the Kenosha County Court House where protesters gathered on Monday
Sheriff's officers in riot gear stand guard outside the Kenosha County Court House where protesters gathered on Monday

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