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3 arrested during protest in support of Jacob Blake Jr.

Posted at 10:23 PM, Apr 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-26 21:47:21-04

KENOSHA — Protesters gathered outside the Kenosha Police Department headquarters Sunday, demanding answers regarding officer Rusten Sheskey's return to work.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said Monday it arrested three men Sunday night for disorderly conduct.

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Prior to the arrest, protesters told TMJ4 News they're in it for the long-haul, as they demand a conversation with leaders.

"No justice, no peace,” were the chants of the group marched a short distance from gathering, to the police department building.

Protesters planned to sit outside the department's front door as they push for accountability for Sheskey, the officer who shot Jacob Blake on Aug. 23.

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Sheskey returned to administrative duty March 31.

"KPD has consistently demonstrated an unwillingness and ability to adhere to public demands calling for accountability and transparency,” said protester Billy Violet.

Sunday’s protest was spearheaded by Jacob Blake's father, Jacob Blake Sr. and uncle Justin Blake.

"We're gonna keep it up until we find justice,” Blake Sr. said.

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The group's goal includes speaking specifically with Chief Daniel Miskinis or Chief Deputy Eric Larsen. Each of its six demands are regarding Sheskey's return, a public apology for not warning the family and reports of Sheskey being issued and losing a service weapon during the use-of-force investigation.

The family is also still pushing for Sheskey to be fired.

"They were investigated by the police they police with. What kind of justice is that? We need an outside entity to come into these states and apply pressure,” Justin Blake said.

"We're ready to go to jail, man,” Blake Sr. said. “We're ready to make that sacrifice. If you're not committed to the cause, then go home. This is not for the faint of heart."

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Protesters said they intend to remain peaceful and don't have plans to fill the lobby or antagonize when doors open again to the public.

Jacob Blake Jr.'s uncle, Justin Blake, was among the three arrested. As of Monday, he was no longer in custody.

Read the statement from Kenosha police below:

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