On Tuesday a Wisconsin prosecutor announced that he will not file criminal charges against a police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha last summer, leaving him paralyzed and setting off violent protests in the city.
Blake had an active warrant for his arrest, which means police had to make an attempt to arrest him. He also noted that Blake had a knife during the encounter.
Officers deployed stun guns at Blake twice while attempting to arrest him, but they claim those were not able to get him to comply.
Police were originally responding to a call from a woman who said Jacob Blake took the keys to the rental car and would not give them back.
Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley stated on Tuesday that he wouldn’t charge either Sheskey or two other officers at the scene, saying he would have to “disprove the clear expression of these officers that they had to fire a weapon to defend themselves.”
He added: “I do not believe the state … would be able to prove that the privilege of self-defense is not available.”
Kenosha city officials geared up for protests in the wake of the announcement, which was expected this month. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers activated the National Guard to assist local law enforcement.
Sources: ABC, USA Today, The Daily Wire, and Fox News; Photo: extra.ie