(8-27-20) Once again this week violence broke out in protests in a shooting of a man by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This also led to NBA players and teams boycotting the current play-offs. Several baseball players decided not to play because of the the situation, including the Milwaukee Brewers-Cincinnati Reds games.
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Let’s take a look at the shooting victim – Jacob Blake. Links below come from the Lake County Gazette
Blake was arrested in 2013 in Round Lake Beach, Wisc
Blake was arrested in 2012 in Zion, Ill. for domestic battery, endangering the life and health of a child and driving under the influence.
A warrant was issued for Blake’s arrest on July 7 on felony 3rd degree sexual assault, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, all related to domestic abuse
Blake has been a party to several child support disputes.
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Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said the police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha has been identified as Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran. Authorities said Blake was in possession of a knife and one was found inside the car where the shooting took place.
The police officer who shot Jacob Blake was Rusten Sheskey identified by the Wisconsin Department of Justice on Wednesday.
Sheskey was made an officer with the Kenosha Police Department on April 1, 2013. Before that he worked as an officer at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus.
On March 11, 2017, Sheskey was suspended one for one day without pay, after “violating department policies and procedures” to do with vehicles.
In a 2019 local news interview, he said of being an officer “you’re dealing with people on perhaps the worst day of their lives and you can try and help them… for the most part, people trust us to do that for them.”
Blake, who was shot seven times by Sheskey on Sunday, is paralyzed from the waist down, his family said.