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'I did not see the video': Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth on cell phone video of police shooting of Jacob Blake

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 19:28:36-04

KENOSHA — Under repeated questioning, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth says he has not seen cell phone video showing a Kenosha police officer shoot Jacob Blake seven times in the back last weekend.

During a news conference Friday, a reporter asked, “When you see that cell phone video?”

Sheriff Beth responded, saying “Which one? I didn’t see the cell phone video.”

The reporter replies: “The cell phone video of the shooting of Jacob Blake... As the top law enforcement official in this county, do you see a problem, just from that video of what that officer did?”

Beth responds: “I think I answered, I did not see the video.”

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The conference was held hours before it was announced that handcuffs have been taken off Blake while he remains in a hospital in Milwaukee. Authorities also announced Friday that they have vacated a felony arrest warrant on him for in alleged incident in July.

The ACLU of Wisconsin and ACLU's national organization have called Beth and the Kenosha police chief to step down following the police shooting.

Police associations meanwhile say all the details of the shooting have yet to be released, and the public should wait until those updates to judge Kenosha law enforcement.

Early this week, the Department of Justice identified the Kenosha police officer who shot Blake as seven-year veteran Rusten Sheskey. Charges have not been filed against him.

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