Police officer in Kenosha shooting named

Police officer in Kenosha shooting named
Jacob Blake (left) was shot seven times in the back by police. BENCRUMP.COM
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Daily US Times: Wisconsin’s attorney general Josh Kaul has named the officer who shot a black man on Sunday in Kenosha, sparking days of demonstrations.

On Wednesday, Mr Kaul told reporters that Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back as he opened the door of his car.

Officers found a knife in Mr Blake’s car but no other weapons, he added.

The shooting in Kenosha has sparked a wave of protests in recent days, some of which have turned violent and vandalized property.

A 17-year-old was arrested on Wednesday after two people were killed another injured amid unrest on Tuesday night.

Mr Blake is recovering in hospital and is conscious. His lawyers fear it will take a “miracle” for him to walk again.

President Trump has since sent federal law enforcement to Kenosha, tweeting they were to combat “looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets”.

The Department of Justice has opened a federal investigation into the shooting incident. According to a spokeswoman, the DoJ has sent more than 200 FBI agents and US Marshals to the city.

Shortly following the President’s tweet, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said he had authorised 500 National Guard troops to support law enforcement efforts amid concerns about further violence.

Protests have also spread to a number of other US cities, including Oregon, Portland and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the police killing of unarmed black man named George Floyd in May sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the country and globally.

What did the attorney general say?

Mr Kaul updated reporters on Wednesday about the ongoing investigation into the shooting.

On Sunday evening, officers were called to an address after a woman reported “her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be on the premises”.

Mr Blake’s lawer have said he had been trying to “de-escalate a domestic incident” when police drew their weapons.

Police tried to arrest Mr Blake, initially using a taser against him. After Mr Blake opened his car door, Officer Rusten Sheskey fired seven shots into Mr Blake’s back. Mr Sheskey has been in the Kenosha Police Department for seven years.

Mr Kaul said: “No other officer fired their weapon.”

Mr Blake has since told investigators that he had a knife in his possession, and Mr Kaul said officers “recovered a knife from the driver’s side floorboard” of his car but no other weapon have been found in the vehicle.

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