Jacob Blake drops lawsuit against police officer who shot him, causing paralysis | News

Jacob Blakea black man who in August 2020 was shot and left paralyzed during an attempted arrest by Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey and later sued him will not proceed with his civil lawsuit .

According to Milwaukee Journal SentinelBlake not only dropped his Sheskey civil rights lawsuit, but also signed a one-page stipulation, with attorneys on both sides, to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning he can’t refile. Requirement.

A settlement was not mentioned in the order, which was granted by the U.S. District Judge JP Stadtmuller.

On August 23, 2020, a viral video showed Blake walking towards his vehicle as officers had their guns pointed at him. As soon as he got into the car, one of the officers started shooting him repeatedly in front of his three sons.

He was reportedly trying to break up a fight between two women when officers were called to the scene. The bullet wounds left him paralyzed from the waist down. The shooting sparked days of protests in Kenosha and on August 25, two protesters were shot and killed and a third seriously injured. The shooter, Kyle Rittenhousewas found not guilty on charges of homicide and reckless endangerment.

Sheskey was placed on administrative leave after the shooting and returned to duty in April 2021. In October, the Justice Department announced that he would not face civil law charges for shooting Blake.

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