White police officer who shot black man in the back won't face charges

White police officer who shot black man in the back won't face charges
By: USA Posted On: January 05, 2021 View: 37

White police officer who shot black man in the back won't face charges

A white police officer has been cleared in the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

District attorney Michael Graveley decided not to charge officer Rusten Sheskey over the incident, which left Mr Blake paralysed after he was shot in the back.

Mr Graveley said the officer had the right to self-defence, after officials said there was a knife in the car Mr Blake was trying to get into.

Mr Blake's lawyer said his client was trying to break up a fight between two women and was shot in front of his three sons, aged three, five and eight.

The shooting happened during a summer marked with protests over police brutality and racism, with the Black Lives Matter movement coming to the fore ahead of the 2020 US presidential election.

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