Jacob Blake’s uncle, Justin Blake, leads a rally in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Jan. 11, 2021.
The Wisconsin cop who shot Jacob Blake in August is back on the job after returning from administrative leave.
Kenosha Officer Rusten Sheskey returned to duty on March 31, Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said in a statement Tuesday.
The white officer was not charged for shooting Blake seven times during a domestic dispute. Blake was armed with a knife and Sheskey believed he would be stabbed, prosecutors found.
Police brass said the officer was following departmental policy when he shot Blake in the back, leaving him paralyzed.
“Although this incident has been reviewed at multiple levels, I know that some will not be pleased with the outcome; however, given the facts, the only lawful and appropriate decision was made,” Miskinis said in the statement.
Sheskey and two other cops were trying to arrest Blake for violating a restraining order, when a knife fell from his pants during a scuffle with police. Blake picked it up and went to a car with his children in it, when he was shot from behind, bystander footage showed.
The shooting rejuvenated nationwide protests against police brutality following the George Floyd shooting in Minneapolis months earlier.
Illinois teenager Kyle Rittenhouse is accused of shooting three Black Lives Matters protesters in the aftermath of the incident, killing one of them.
Blake is suing the Kenosha Police Department for excessive force.
With AP wires