Cops Rusten Sheskey, Vincent Arenas, and Brittany Meronek put on leave by Kenosha PD after Jacob Blake shooting

OFFICERS Rusten Sheskey, Vincent Arenas, and Brittany Meronek have been put on administrative leave by Kenosha Police Department days after the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul identified the three cops and confirmed the news on Friday morning.

Kaul wrote in a press release: "After the initial attempt to arrest Mr. Blake, Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey deployed a taser to attempt to stop Mr. Blake.

"When that attempt failed, Kenosha Police Officer Vincent Arenas also deployed his taser, however that taser was also not successful in stopping Mr. Blake.

"The shooting officer, Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, has been a law enforcement officer with Kenosha Police Department for seven years.

"Kenosha Police Officer Vincent Arenas has served with Kenosha Police Department since February 2019, with prior service with the United States Capitol Police Department.

"Also present was Kenosha Police Officer Brittany Meronek who joined Kenosha Police Department in January of this year."

Arenas, Meronek, and Sheskey were placed on leave as:

  • Former NFL star Brian Urlacher was blasted for "liking" a post criticizing NBA players for boycotting games to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake
  • A judge postponed Kyle Rittenhouse's hearing as officials tried to extradite him from Illinois to Wisconsin
  • Jacob Blake's father said his son is handcuffed to his hospital bed despite being paralyzed from the waist down
  • A legal group co-founded by Rittenhouse's lawyer called the Fight Back Foundation established a fund for the teen's defense team
  • Two other cops involved in the shooting – Victor Arenas and Brittany Meronek – were identified by the Wisconsin DOJ


The statement goes on to confirm: "DCI [Division of Criminal Investigation] is leading this investigation and is assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Wisconsin State Patrol and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office.

"All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation.

"The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave."

On Sunday evening, shocking footage emerged showing Blake, 29, being gunned down by cops in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

A male witness told KARE-11 Blake wasn't armed or aggressive when he tried to break up a fight between two women before he was shot on 40th Street at around 5pm.

He was supposed to be celebrating his son's eighth birthday, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

Instead, the father-of-six was shot at least seven times in the back in front of his three sons, who were sitting in an SUV as he tried to enter the vehicle.

Blake was shot in the back as he tried to walk away, reports say.

Blake was transferred to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee after he was shot, the WI Department O Justice said, where he remains in a serious condition.

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