Police Officer who shot Jacob Blake back on duty, not facing charges

The Kenosha Police Officer who shot and injured Jacob Blake is off administrative leave and back on duty, the police chief announced Tuesday. 

Officer Rusten Sheskey was not charged in the incident that left Jacob Blaker Jr. partially paralyzed in August 2020. 

Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said the officer returned to duty March 31 and that he was found to be acting within policy when he shot Blake, NBC reported. 

RELATED: No charges against Wisconsin officer who shot Jacob Blake

Three officers, including Sheskey, were attempting to arrest Blake for an outstanding warrant and a pocketknife fell out of his pocket. 

Blake said he picked it up before heading back to his car and he planned to surrender once he put the knife away. 

RELATED: Jacob Blake says he was ready to surrender before being shot

The officer told investigators that he feared for his safety and fired his weapon. 

Blake’s children were in the back seat of the car when he was shot seven times. 

The incident happened three months after the death of George Floyd. 

Blake has filed a civil lawsuit accusing Sheskey of excessive force. 

RELATED: ‘A Sorority of Pain’ Jacob Blake, Breonna Taylor family push for new laws

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