Getting shot 7 times is ‘insufficient evidence’ to prove that someone “willfully used excessive force”, according to a recent ruling in the Jacob Blake shooting case by the Department of Justice. Blake was shot 7 times in the back on Aug. 23, 2020, after a complaint was reported about a domestic dispute. Officer Rusten Sheskey was the one responding to the call when he fired 7 shots at Jacob Blake.
“I was expecting more from the administration than this. I was expecting much more than this,” Jacob Blake’s father told ABC News after the decision, “I believe that we’re in a systematic racist system, and that this system was not set up for us. So I didn’t expect the system to work for us, because it never works for us. It wasn’t made for us.”
He added, “Seven times in the back is excessive. I don’t care if you’re a dog. Seven times in the back, that’s not excessive?” Jacob Blake is paralyzed from the waist down, due to the 6 out of 7 bullets that struck him.
Both the Kenosha Police Department and the County District authorities think Sheskey has acted ‘within policy.’ A lawsuit was filed against him back in March, by Jacob Blake who claimed that excessive force was used against him unnecessarily.
“After a careful and thorough review, a team of experienced federal prosecutors determined that insufficient evidence exists to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the KPD officer willfully violated the federal criminal civil rights statutes,” the DoJ said while issuing a statement.