I did not write about the case immediately after it occurred, even though it involved white police officers and a Black criminal–a hot topic these days. I generally prefer to wait to gather as much information as I can, and because from everything I could find, it appeared to be a justified shooting. So obviously justified in fact, despite the media-irresistible narrative elements of white cop, Black criminal/holy social justice martyr, the facts likely couldn’t be successfully spun. It seemed obvious the officer–Rusten Shesky–who justifiably shot Blake would not be facing criminal charges.
And so it turned out, as I noted in the second article:
On January 5, 2021, Michael Gravely, the Kenosha County District Attorney, held a press conference, released an 87-page report, and summarized the evidence, announcing there would be no charges for the officers. However, he did ask the federal DOJ to investigate the officers for civil rights violations.
To this day, the media keep alive the lies that Blake was unarmed, and was “shot in the back.” Blake did not die, but is a paraplegic. Blake was shot in the back, but also in the side as he turned, knife in his hand, toward the officers who were within grappling range. That shot placement was exactly what one would expect if the officer’s testimony was correct—it was—and was backed up by video. Some of the media have maintained the bizarre narrative that “except for a knife, Blake was unarmed.” I took that nonsense to task in the second article as well.
Normally, a prosecutor exonerating the police would surely not ask the federal DOJ to investigate, but Wisconsin is largely Democrat run, the Governor is a Democrat, and they were doubtless responding to D/S/C pressures in the hope the mob wouldn’t burn Kenosha to the ground and the Biden DOJ would vindicate the narrative. The case was so clear cut, the evidence so resistant to tampering or being ignored, that wasn’t possible:
Federal prosecutors announced Friday [10-09-21] that they won’t file charges against a white police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last year — a shooting that sparked protests that led to the deaths of two men.
Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake, who is Black, during a domestic disturbance in Kenosha in August 2020. The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist down and sparked several nights of protests, some of which turned violent. An Illinois man shot three people, killing two of them, during one of the demonstrations.
State prosecutors decided not to file charges against Sheskey earlier this year after video showed that Blake, who was wanted on a felony warrant, was armed with a knife.
The U.S. Department of Justice launched its own investigation days after the shooting. The agency announced Friday that a team of prosecutors from its Civil Rights Division and the U.S. attorney’s office in Milwaukee reviewed police reports, witness statements, dispatch logs and videos of the incident, and determined there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Sheskey willfully used excessive force or violated Blake’s federal rights.
‘Accordingly, the review of this incident has been closed without a federal prosecution,’ the Justice Department said in a news release.
We can be reasonably certain this caused much wailing, gnashing of teeth and rending of garments in the offices of the DOJ. There is no way they would not have drawn and quartered Shesky unless the evidence he acted lawfully was so overwhelming even the socialist/communist true believers among them could not spin it, so great is the hold the holy social justice narrative has on such people.
This news story from 01-04-21 might provide just a bit of insight into why the DOJ had to back off:
In his first television interview since being shot in the back by police, Jacob Blake admitted that he not only had a knife in his possession at the time of the shooting, but also ‘dropped’ it before picking it up again.
‘I realized I had dropped my knife, had a little pocket knife. So I picked it up after I got off of him because they tased me and I fell on top of him,’ Blake told Michael Strahan in an interview that aired Thursday on ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA).
‘I shouldn’t have picked it up, only considering what was going on,’ he continued. ‘At that time, I wasn’t thinking clearly.’
Keep in mind, gentle readers, when making that statement, Blake was trying to present himself in the best, “I’m-a-victim/martyr,” rational, sympathetic way. That’s the kind of impeachment testimony that gives any prosecutor nightmares. Here’s the “little pocket knife,” Blake picked up:
It’s a type of knife known as a Karambit, a particularly nasty fighting knife with an entire school of technique in its use. No one who knows a thing about knives would characterize it as a “little pocket knife.” Consider Blake already had another incident on record where he confronted police officers with a knife, and it’s not hard to see why DOJ true believers wanted to distance themselves from this one.
Traveling a bit more into the past, this 11-07-20 report also provides insight:
Jacob Blake, a Black man recovering after being shot in the back by Wisconsin police officers earlier this year, had been facing charges of sexual assault prior to his shooting.
Prosecutors decided to drop two of those charges on Friday in exchange for a guilty plea to lesser charges.
Blake, 29, back in May was accused of one count of third-degree sexual assault and one count of criminal trespass, according to New York Times. A warrant was issued for his arrest in July, two months before he was shot in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin while responding to a domestic complaint.
What Yahoo failed to say is the “domestic complaint” consisted of Blake going after the victim of his sexual assault, and trying to steal her car loaded with kids, with his Karambit in his hand, when the police stopped him. Why would the local prosecutors bargain down from multiple felonies? I don’t have the facts, but it’s certainly not hard to imagine they wanted to do all they could to support at least a part of the narrative. They still have to live there.
So Officer Sheskey will not be facing state or federal criminal charges, but his ordeal is far from over, as this 03-26-21 report notes:
Blake’s attorneys, which included renowned civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Eastern Wisconsin late Thursday, seeking a jury trial in the controversial shooting.
Regular readers will recall the name of Benjamin Crump, who is a Black attorney, not an attorney who happens to be Black. Crump is “renowned” not because of his lawyerly brilliance, but because he is an effective race hustler. He came to public prominence during the Trayvon Martin race hoax as he schemed, arguably violated multiple legal canon ethics, the law, and secured a multi-million dollar settlement for Martin’s estranged parents with a minimum of the usual 33% for himself. This established the pattern he has since followed in notorious cases of this type.
When a Black criminal forces police officers to kill him, Crump immediately shows up, representing the crook’s survivors. He quickly, often before any criminal case is completed, as was the situation in the George Floyd case, gets a huge settlement from a D/S/C city all too willing to settle without the slightest thought of the dangerous precedent they’re setting. He has done no work save self-promotion, accepting public acclaim, millions in profits and “renown.” Certainly not the kind honest lawyers have to work to earn.
Final Thoughts: In a normal case, the refusal of the state and even a D/S/C, corrupt and politicized Department of Justice, to pursue charges against the officer would predispose any city against settling. But this is Wisconsin, Kenosha, where Kyle Rittenhouse will shortly go on trial for daring to defend his life against a mob. It’s a virtual certainty Kenosha will fork over millions to Crump in the hope their town won’t be completely burned down. The only issue likely remains: how much?
As with so much of the rest of America, I doubt the Kenosha Police Department is having an easy time recruiting these days.