- Social media users claim Rusten Sheskey as the officer responsible for shooting 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday
- Social media users initially claimed officer Luke Courtier was the officer responsible
- As of now, the Kenosha Police Department has yet to confirm the officer responsible for shooting Blake
Following the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, social media users have named Rusten Sheskey as the officer who allegedly shot him in the back seven times in front of his children following a domestic dispute in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The claim appears to have first been posted on Facebook by Kim Zamora. Sheskey has not been confirmed as the shooter at this time by the Kenosha Police Department, but that has not slowed the call for justice on social media. However, Sheskey was not the first officer accused of shooting Blake.
Social media users initially accused Luke Courtier of being the shooter. Courtier went under the alias “Luke Reitruoc” — which is Courtier spelled backwards — on Facebook. The Facebook account appears to have been removed since the accusation appeared on social media.
A screenshot of a post on Facebook from Courtier is being shared on social media where he says the shooting of Dontre Hamilton “was a good shot.” The post read, “Really??? This is pathetic. It was a good shoot, get over it already.” In the post Courtier had shared an article referring to protesters marching following the Hamilton shooting.
You did research but can’t find the names?? What? The officers name is literally all over social media. His name is Luke Courtier. He is literally such a racist coward that he spells his last name backwards on Facebook so that people can’t find his account and call him out. pic.twitter.com/s9LY836cB1— Kaela Oglesby (@KaelaOglesby) August 24, 2020
In 2014, Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney fatally shot Hamilton 14 times after initiating a pat-down to check for weapons. Hamilton was said to be mentally ill and sleeping in Red Arrow Park when approached by Manney. Manney claimed Hamilton began fighting with him during the pat-down, which led to the fatal shooting.
While charges were not filed against Manney for killing Hamilton, the Milwaukee Police Department did fire him for not following protocol when engaging a person with mental illness. In 2017, the Milwaukee Common Council approved a $2.3 million settlement with Hamilton’s family. Despite charges never being filed against Manney, it is clear the MPD and the Milwaukee Common Council did not agree with Courtier’s analysis that it was a “good shot.”
While some are still saying Courtier is the officer responsible for shooting Blake, others are now saying that information is incorrect. Social media users claim Courtier was the other officer on the scene, but Sheskey is who shot Blake seven times. Sheskey is said to have joined the Kenosha Police Department on April 13, 2013, at the age of 23.
RUSTEN SHESKY this is the officer that shot JACOB BLAKE! RT RT RT! I want his name EVERY WHERE! pic.twitter.com/KYfT1GDMXY— melanin goddess 👼🏽 (@zyonsanaa) August 24, 2020
Pictures of both officers are now circulating on social media and people are calling for both officers to be fired and charged. As of now, neither officer has been confirmed as the officer responsible for shooting Blake.
On Sunday, officers responded to a domestic incident at 5:11 pm at what appears to be a residence linked to Blake. Witnesses say Blake had intervened in a fight between two women. When police arrived they used a taser on Blake, then followed him to the driver’s side of his vehicle and shot him seven times as he tried to get into the vehicle. The family’s attorney, Ben Crump, has confirmed Blake’s three children were inside the car at the time of the shooting.
On Monday, Crump tweeted out a statement announcing he is representing Blake’s family. “We all watched the horrific video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back several times by Kenosha police,” the statement read. It goes on to say, “We will seek justice for Jacob Blake and for his family as we demand answers from the Kenosha Police Department.”
Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has been retained by the family of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot in the back several times by Kenosha Police on August 23, 2020. The video of this horrible shooting has gone viral nationwide.
Blake was helping to deescalate a domestic incident when police drew their weapons and tasered him. As he was walking away to check on his children, police fired their weapons several times into his back at point blank range. Blake’s three sons were only a few feet away and witnessed police shoot their father.
Attorney Crump has issued the following statement:
“We all watched the horrific video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back several times by Kenosha Police. Even worse, his three sons witnessed their father collapse after being riddled with bullets. Their irresponsible, reckless, and inhumane actions nearly cost the life of a man who was simply trying to do the right thing by intervening in a domestic incident. It’s a miracle he’s still alive.
“We will seek justice for Jacob Blake and for his family as we demand answers from the Kenosha Police Department. How many more of these tragic “while Black” tragedies will it take until the racial profiling and undervaluing of Black lives by the police finally stops?”