Jacob Blake Drops Civil Lawsuit Against Kenosha Police Officers

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Jacob Blake, Jr. dropped the federal civil lawsuit he filed against the Wisconsin police officer who shot him seven times in the back, leaving him partially paralyzed.

Attorneys for Blake and Kenosha officer Rusty Sheskey did not specify why the lawsuit was dropped, according to court filings made on Friday (May 6) the Chicago Sun-Times reported. It's also unclear if an out-of-court financial agreement had been reached between the two parties.

The dismissal was filed with prejudice, meaning Blake cannot refile the lawsuit in the future, USA Today reported. The lawsuit was originally filed in March 2021.

Blake's August 2020 shooting sparked days of protests in Kenosha during which Kyle Rittenhouse fatally shot two men, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz.

Sheskey was cleared of wrongdoing in Blake's shooting and returned to work on the force. Rittenhouse was charged in the shootings stemming from the protests but was later acquitted by a jury.

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