Jacob Blake dropped his civil rights lawsuit against the officer who shot him in the back in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after responding to a domestic violence call in the summer of 2020.
The case was dropped Friday, court documents show, though the reason was not immediately clear. A stipulation document signed by both sides indicated they agreed to dismiss with prejudice, meaning Blake cannot refile the same claim against Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller approved the dismissal of the case Monday, according to the Associated Press. It is not clear whether both sides agreed on a settlement or if there were funds distributed at all, including for court fees.
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Blake, who is black, was shot multiple times in the back by Sheskey, who is white, in August 2020 as police responded to a domestic disturbance call. The moments leading up to the shooting were captured on video by a bystander. Blake, who was wanted for a felony assault at the time, appeared to have a knife.
Blake was transported to a nearby hospital where doctors saved his life, but he was left paralyzed from the waist down. Prosecutors have neglected to charge Sheskey with wrongdoing, including federal criminal civil rights charges, and he has not been disciplined for the encounter.
As part of a plea deal in the aftermath of the shooting, sexual assault charges were dropped against Blake. The subsequent lawsuit alleging excessive force was filed in May 2021.
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The shooting resulted in days of protests and rioting in Kenosha.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17 at the time, fatally shot two men and injured a third during the riots. Rittenhouse claimed he was acting in self-defense, and a Wisconsin jury in November acquitted him of all charges, ranging from intentional homicide to endangering safety recklessly.