Kenosha City Council voted 17-0 last week to deny Jacob Blake up to $ 50,000 in damages after he was shot by police last year.
Blake was shot seven times on Aug. 23 by Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey who responded to a domestic violence call. Blake was armed with a knife and was trying to get into the driver’s seat of an SUV when he was shot.
Blake’s attorney filed a petition on March 11 seeking damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and trauma as a result of gunshot wounds. State law covers a municipality can pay in such cases up to $ 50,000, even if Blake’s attorneys submit an item statement estimating the costs from his damages at a much higher rate. $ 776,614.67, agreed to Kenosha News.
The claim filed by Blake would be the first step in a lawsuit against the city for $ 50,000 in damages. Blake has already filed a federal lawsuit against Sheskey over the shooting. It’s unclear if Blake will also file a lawsuit against the city.
“The federal right of civil lawsuit was followed, and the potential state claim, causing the same cause of action on damages, could be in excess of it. We are considering options,” the legal team said in a statement by Blake in a statement.— READ MORE
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