Kenosha protesters gather after Jacob Blake shooting results in no charges for police

DA announces no charges against officers in Jacob Blake shooting

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley speaks with reporters on outcome of investigation into August shooting

Protesters descended on the Kenosha County Administration Building in Wisconsin on Tuesday evening following the district attorney’s decision not to charge any of the officers involved in the August shooting of Jacob Blake, according to a report.

"Seven shots in the back! No, that ain't right!" some of the around 60 protesters chanted outside the building, Kenosha News reported.

Activists show support for Jacob Blake Jr. during a vigil near the Kenosha County Courthouse on Jan. 4, 2021, in Kenosha, Wis. ​​​​​​​(Getty Images)

There were no reports of violence or vandalism as of 9 p.m. CT, Kenosha News reported.

District Attorney Michael Graveley said Tuesday afternoon that Kenosha police Officer Rusten Sheskey, who allegedly shot Blake seven times during a domestic disturbance call Aug. 23 had a good case for self-defense. Blake was left paralyzed from the waist down. 

The Blake shooting led to protests two nights later for which Illinois resident Kyle Rittenhouse, now 18, faces charges in connection with the shootings deaths of two men and the wounding of a third. Rittenhouse on Tuesday pleaded not guilty.

In this Friday, Sept. 4. 2020 image from Kenosha County Court video, Jacob Blake answers questions during a hearing in Kenosha, Wis. (Associated Press)

Meanwhile, Kenosha's City Council voted 9-7 on Monday to increase the fine for inciting violence from $124 to $1,321. The council also unanimously approved an emergency declaration in anticipation of protests related to the district attorney’s decision.

"Everybody has seen the video," Graveley said of the cell phone video of the Blake shooting that went viral and sparked the subsequent protests. "From their perspective, they have tried this case from their computer screen in their living room. As a professional, I am called upon on how to try this case in a real courtroom."


"If you don’t believe you can prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt, you have an ethical obligation not to issue charges," he added at the news conference.

This undated file photo provided by the Wisconsin Department of Justice shows Kenosha police Officer Rusten Sheskey. (Associated Press)

Graveley said Blake, 29, was armed with a knife that was not visible in the video footage and admitted to having one during the incident. Statements that he was unarmed contradict what Blake, who had an active felony warrant for his arrest at the time of the shooting, told authorities, Graveley said. 

A woman had called 911 on Aug. 23, saying Blake refused to return keys to a rental car. Video footage of the incident captured Blake walking away from the officer and around a vehicle with his children inside, then he is shot seven times.

Four bullets struck Blake in the back and three hit his left side, Graveley said. 

At one point, officers attempted to use a stun gun to stop Blake. Sheskey told investigators he opened fire because he was afraid Blake was trying to harm the children inside the vehicle. 

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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