The Governor of Wisconsin sent the National Guard to the city of Kenosha recently, in anticipation of the Jacob Blake decision. This seems to have been a sound choice. The District Attorney announced that no charges will be brought against the officers who were involved in the shooting. “The Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake in August will not be criminally charged, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced Tuesday.
Neither the officer who fired, Rusten Sheskey, nor any others will be charged, Graveley said during a Tuesday news conference. His decision was based on evidence that could not be seen on cellphone video of the incident, which showed Sheskey shooting Blake, 29, as he got into a vehicle with his children inside,” reads a local news report.
So what evidence are they talking about here? The discussion of the case and the announcement lasted for at least an hour. It only took ten minutes before he let the world know that the officers would not be charged. He provided plenty of details as to why he came to this decision, too. The “laser focus” that he used for the case was also discussed.
“My belief is that this is not a case where there would be any dispute about any of the factual circumstances of this case except for one piece of law and that is self-defense,” said Graveley. He spoke about the Wisconsin laws that govern matters of self-defense. The prosecutor is the one who faces the burden of proving self-defense in these scenarios.
“The burden of proof is on the state in that situation,” he continued. Officer Sheskey was the primary officer involved in the incident and Graveley said that social justice concerns were not that important to him. In his mind, the idea of using the case to send a message to other officers was never even a consideration. If he was going to charge him, it was going to be for the right reasons.
From there, he laid out the case in the manner that it would have been presented to a jury. The whole situation unfolded because Laquisha Booker, a domestic violence victim, was worried that Blake would steal her rental vehicle. Booker even called 911 and the call was played. The police were summoned because she wanted them to come to get the keys back from him before it was too late.
In addition to these facts, he also shared that there was a felony warrant out for Blake for a previous domestic violence case. The officers who are involved in a case of this nature do not have any choice in the matter. They are legally obligated to try and arrest Blake. Once the cops arrived, Blake told them that he would be leaving with the car and his child.
Blake was not about to let them arrest him, either. He fought off the officers and even shrugged off their attempts at using a Taser to subdue him. He also produced a knife during the altercation. This left the officer in a terrible position. He was worried that Blake would lead them on a high-speed chase, with the child in the car. This type of chase could easily turn into a hostage situation if the officer was not careful enough.
The suspect then moved towards the officers in a way that made them believe he was about to attack. Blake also lied about the encounter, claiming that he had no idea there was a warrant out for his arrest. This was already proven false when text messages were discovered on his phone, indicating that he was well aware.
He also had a previous case where he was found to have pulled a knife on some officers. The bottom line here is easy enough to understand. Graveley made the decision that he thought was best and did not allow the social media outrage mob to have too much influence.