Kenosha Police: Double homicide not related to protests or demonstrations

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Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 7:28 AM CST
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KENOSHA, Wis. (WBAY) - Kenosha Police say an overnight double homicide is not connected to protests over the decision not to charge officers in the Jacob Blake shooting.

At about 4:30 a.m., Kenosha Police were called to the 900 block of 48th Street to investigate a possible sex crime.

Officers found evidence of a struggle. They called for backup and entered the home. Two adults were found dead.

A suspect is in custody, police say.

“This is a very active and still developing investigation. There is no threat to the community. This investigation is not associated with any protest or demonstration activity,” reads a statement from police.

There are no reports of violence during overnight protests and marches in response to the Blake decision. A few dozen people took to the streets of Kenosha, according to our Milwaukee partner station WISN.

On Tuesday, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced no criminal charges would be filed against the officers involved in the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake was shot seven times by Kenosha Officer Rusten Sheskey. Blake survived, but was paralyzed.

Sheskey said Blake was carrying a knife and he feared Blake was going to stab him.

“I do not believe the state ... would be able to prove that the privilege of self-defense is not available,” Graveley said.

The shooting sparked days of violent protests in Kenosha.

Blake’s family expressed disappointment with the DA’s decision.

“This is going to impact this city and this state and this nation for many years to come,” said Justin Blake, Jacob’s uncle. “Unless the people rise up and do what they’re supposed to do. This is a government for the people by the people, correct? We talk about this constitution everybody’s supposed to be so committed to, and yet we stand in the state that has the most convictions of African Americans in the United States. So they’re weighing heavy on one side of justice, but they’re allowing police officers to rain down terror on our communities. It’s unjust.”

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