Rusten Sheskey

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Service Record

Agency Kenosha Wisconsin Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired in 2013.[1]
Salary $80,999[2]
Last Known Status Active[3]

Commendations

According to his records, Sheskey earned 16 awards, letters, or formal commendations. Sheskey received two awards in June 2020.[4]

Incident Reports

2014 Vehicle Accident

In 2014, Sheskey made an illegal left turn and hit another vehicle.[4]

2014 Vehicle Accident

Five months later, Sheskey hit a concrete pillar while backing his vehicle out of a parking space.[4]

2014 Traffic Stop

In November 2014, Kenosha officers stopped a vehicle for a suspected kidnapping. Sheskey and another officer pulled the driver from the car, took him to the ground and handcuffed him.[4]

Response Timeline

The Deputy Chief wrote that the decision to drag the man from the car was "justified and appropriate".[4]

2016 Vehicle Accident

In 2016, Sheskey was leaving a traffic stop and hit a light pole.[4]

Response Timeline

Sheskey was suspended for one day and ordered to attend additional training.[4]

2017 Traffic Stop

In 2017, Sheskey and other officers stopped a man at gunpoint because he and his vehicle resembled the description of domestic violence suspect who had made a bomb threat. The man was handcuffed and released after officers verified that he was not the suspect.[4]

Response Timeline

The driver alleged discrimination in the stop.[4]

The officers were cleared of any discrimination.[4]

2020 Shooting of Jacob Blake

On August 23, 2020, Sheskey and Officer Vincent Arenas were dispatched to a report of "family trouble" where a woman reported that her boyfriend was present when he was not supposed to be.[5][6].

Other sources report that an argument broke out between the woman and a neighbor and that Blake had intervened.[7]

Police knew there was a felony warrant for Blake on domestic violence and sexual assault charges.[7]

Officers tried to arrest Blake, who resisted. Sheskey deployed his Taser, which was ineffective.[5] Blake briefly put Sheskey in a headlock.[6] Arenas deployed his Taser, which was also ineffective.[5] Police reported that Blake had a knife and refused orders to drop it.[6] Blake attempted to enter his SUV, and Sheskey shot him.[1]

At the time of the incident, the department did not issue body-worn cameras. The incident was recorded on a witness' cell phone.[8]

Blake was paralyzed from the shooting.[1]

Response Timeline

Sheskey and two other officers involved were suspended.[1]

The Wisconsin Department of Justice's Department of Criminal Investigation led the investigation. The FBI, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Kenosha County Sheriff's Office assisted.[1]

The results of the investigation were turned over to an independent consultant for review before being sent to prosecutors.

On January 5, 2021, the county's District Attorney announced that neither the officers nor Blake would face charges.[9][10]

On March 25, 2021, Blake filed a civil lawsuit against Sheskey for use of excessive force.[11]

On March 31, 2021, Sheskey returned to active duty.[3]

On October 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that they would not pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against Sheskey "because the evidence obtained is insufficient to prove that the KPD officer willfully used excessive force".[12]

In May 2022, Blake's family dropped their lawsuit against Sheskey. No reason was given.[13]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: bad
Protect & Serve rating: neutral
Individual Rights rating: bad
Accountability and Integrity rating: neutral
Off Duty rating: neutral
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