The police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Wisconsin last August will not face federal charges, prosecutors said on Friday.
Officer Rusten Sheskey, who is white, shot Blake, who is black, seven times in the back during a domestic dispute in Kenosha. The shooting left Blake paralyzed and led to widespread protests and riots, which turned deadly.
Wisconsin prosecutors declined to charge Sheskey earlier this year after determining Blake, 30, was carrying a knife during the encounter.
Federal authorities launched an investigation shortly after the shooting. Prosecutors from the Department of Justice’s Civil Right Division and US attorney’s office in Milwaukee determined there was not enough evidence to prove Sheskey used excessive force or violated Blake’s civil rights, officials announced Friday.