Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Gravely will make his indictment decision for the officer who shot the 29-year-old black man in the first two weeks of January, according to the meeting agenda from the city council on Monday, which unanimously approved Mayor John Antaramian. emergency powers once the announcement is made.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said Monday he was mobilizing 500 National Guard troops ahead of the decision at the request of local officials.
“Our National Guard members will be on hand to support local first responders, ensure Kenoshans are able to safely assemble and protect critical infrastructure if necessary,” Evers said in the statement.
Blake was shot seven times in the back by a white Kenosha policeman, Rusten Sheskey, responding to a call regarding a domestic incident on August 23, 2020. Blake survived the shooting but was left paralyzed from the waist down.
City braces for ruling on charges
In an editorial published in the Kenosha News on December 27, Mayor Antaramian and Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said they were unsure what the decision would be or when it would come, but said they would be ready.
“What we do know is that whatever the decision, people will have different opinions and strong feelings about it. It’s everyone’s right. Whether you agree or not, we ask you to express your views peacefully and legally, ”the officials wrote.
On Tuesday, Kyle Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty to all charges against him in a virtual arraignment staged Tuesday via Zoom.
Rittenhouse, 17, faces charges of shooting two men, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, fatally and injuring another, Gaige Grosskreutz, during protests following Blake’s shooting by the police.
Rittenhouse is also charged with possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18, a misdemeanor, court records show.
Rittenhouse attorney Mark Richards argued that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.