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Jacob Blake drops lawsuit against Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey

Jacob Blake, who was shot in the back during a 2020 domestic incident, has dropped his civil rights lawsuit against the Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer who fired on him.

The shooting left Blake partially paralyzed and sparked citywide protests in the days and weeks following the incident.

You can read more about the background of the shooting here.

What are the details?

Blake and his legal team dismissed the action against Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey on Friday after filing the suit against the officer in 2021.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a one-page stipulation signed by lawyers from both sides indicated that they’ve agreed to dismiss the case with prejudice. As such, U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller signed an order granting the dismissal. Blake will not be able to refile the claim against Sheskey.

It is unclear at the time of this reporting whether the sides reached a settlement.

During the 2020 incident, Blake — who was armed with a knife — refused to comply with officers’ orders and resisted detainment, prompting Sheskey to fire on the suspect. At the time of the incident, Blake had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on charges of third-degree sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct. The charges were related to a previous incident that took place at the same address.

The shooting prompted Blake to file suit claiming “catastrophic, permanent injuries” that left him partially paralyzed.

Sheskey, who was not disciplined as a result of the shooting, was previously cleared of all criminal wrongdoing. After an investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice said that it would not pursue federal civil rights charges against the officer and determined that the shooting was justified.

Neither an attorney for Blake nor an attorney for Sheskey has spoken out about the filing at the time of this report.