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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Statement Regarding Federal Civil Rights Investigation Into Shooting of Mr. Jacob Blake

Statement Regarding Federal Civil Rights Investigation
Into Shooting of Mr. Jacob Blake

Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Eric S. Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, released the following statement related to the August 23, 2020 shooting of Mr. Jacob Blake.

As previously announced, a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting of Mr. Jacob Blake is ongoing.  The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation.  The federal investigation is being overseen by prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division who will make an independent charging decision.  Federal authorities are committed to investigating this matter as thoroughly and efficiently as possible.

Also ongoing are federal investigations into arson, rioting, and other violent crimes that occurred in Kenosha in August 2020.  United States Attorney Krueger and Assistant Attorney General Dreiband urged everyone to act peacefully and abide by the law.

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For Additional Information Contact: Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales

Kenneth.Gales@usdoj.gov

414-297-1700

 

Updated January 5, 2021