Officer who shot Jacob Blake acted 'within policy,' won't face discipline, chief says

Officer Rusten Sheskey returned from administrative leave on March 31.

April 13, 2021, 7:25 PM

Officer Rusten Sheskey was acting "within policy" when he fired seven times toward Jacob Blake, a Black man, last year, the Kenosha, Wisconsin, Police Department said.

Sheskey, who is white, will not be disciplined for his use of force and is now back on the job after returning from administrative leave on March 31, Chief Daniel Miskinis announced Tuesday.

PHOTO: Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department in Wisconsin has been identified as the officer who shot Jacob Blake on Aug. 23, 2020.
Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the Kenosha Police Department in Wisconsin has been identified as the officer who shot Jacob Blake on Aug. 23, 2020.
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"Although this incident has been reviewed at multiple levels, I know that some will not be pleased with the outcome," Miskinis said in a statement. "However, given the facts, the only lawful and appropriate decision was made."

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