Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin, are reportedly preparing for possible riot as prosecutors announce whether Officer Rusten Sheskey will be charged with the shooting of Jacob Blake in August.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers mobilized 500 members of the National Guard on Monday (Jan. 4) to help local officials. WISN's Hannah Hilyard says workers installed temporary fences around government buildings in Kenosha.
Kenosha City Council was due to vote Monday night on a resolution that would give the mayor emergency powers after an announcement that charges would be brought against Sheskey. Prosecutors told city officials that the decision would be made within the next two weeks.
Protests broke out after the shootings in late August, causing property damage across the city.
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On August 23, a viral video showed Blake walking towards his vehicle while officers pointed their guns at him. As soon as he got into the car, one of the officers started shooting at him several times in front of his three sons.
He was reportedly trying to end a fight between two women when officers were called to the scene.
The officers involved in his shooting – including the actual shooter Rusten Sheskey – have since been taken on administrative leave.
In October, Blake was released from hospital – where the police had at one point tied him to his bed – and transferred to a spinal rehabilitation center in Illinois.
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