Why the Kenosha Cop Won’t Be Prosecuted

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley leads a news conference to announce a decision on the Jacob Blake case in Kenosha, Wis., January 5, 2021. (Daniel Acker/Reuters)
Jacob Blake, armed with a knife, put the officers trying to arrest him in an impossible situation.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n Tuesday, authorities in Wisconsin announced they would not be prosecuting Rusten Sheskey, the officer who shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake in August of last year — an incident that set off protests and riots in Kenosha, a city near the Illinois border. To justify this decision, they released two reports, one from the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office and another from Noble Wray, a retired police chief and Obama-administration police reformer who’d been asked to render an independent assessment.

Some important details of the shooting remain unclear, largely because Kenosha police did not have body cameras at the time. The

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