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Fourth night of protests in Kenosha remain calm

Posted at 11:05 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 06:16:37-04

KENOSHA — The fourth night of protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake so far remain calm.

TMJ4 crews in downtown Kenosha report that protesters are gathered at Civic Center Park park, near the area where three people were shot Tuesday night, two fatally.

The curfew did go into effect in the city at 7 p.m.

And so far, no signs of an armed militia group in the city Wednesday night. On Tuesday, groups on social media said they were going to protect businesses from looters and vandals.

Law enforcement are keeping their distance from protesters, but seem to be monitoring events. But in one instance, officers used an armored vehicle to get people to leave Civic Center Park. It appears protesters eventually did.

Identifying Kenosha police officer

The Department of Justice has identified the Kenosha police officer who shot Blake in the back seven times as seven-year veteran Rusten Sheskey.

Attorney General Josh Kaul said during a press conference Wednesday that Sheskey was the only officer who shot Blake last Sunday. He did not say whether Sheskey is facing criminal charges in the officer-involved shooting, which has sparked outrage across the nation, called thousands of protesters back onto the streets and inadvertently led to violent unrest including looting and vandalism.

Kaul also announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has launched a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting of Blake. The FBI will conduct the investigation, and will be aided by Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and other state authorities.

Kaul outlined what happened on that fateful afternoon last Sunday. Kenosha police officers were called to a residence in the 2800 block of 40th Street, where a woman reported that her boyfriend was there and was not supposed to be on the premises.

At the the home, Kenosha officers attempted to arrested 29-year-old Blake. Kaul explains that the officers first used a Taser on Blake, but the attempt to detain him was not successful.

Blake then walked to his vehicle, opened the driver's door and leaned forward, according to Kaul.

That's when Officer Sheskey fired his service handgun seven times into Blake's back. No other officer fired their weapon, Kaul said.

Kaul explained that because the Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, none of the responding officers, including Sheskey, were wearing body cameras.

Arrest of suspected gunman

Earlier Wednesday, a white, 17-year-old police admirer was arrested after the killing of two people during a third night of protests in Kenosha over Blake's shooting.

Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, was taken into custody Wednesday in Illinois on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide. Antioch is about 15 miles from Kenosha.

Two people were killed Tuesday night in an attack carried out by a young white man who was caught on cellphone video opening fire in the middle of the street with a semi-automatic rifle.

Attorney Ben Crump spoke Tuesday alongside Blake's family. He said the 29-year-old was in surgery after being shot on Sunday night multiple times and it would “take a miracle” for him to walk again.

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