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A protester holds sign outside during a demonstration against police brutality and racism in August 2020. Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images

Rusten Sheskey, the police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year, is back on duty and won't face disciplinary action, Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis said Tuesday.

The big picture: Kenosha was at the center of protests against police brutality after Sheskey, a white law enforcement officer, shot and wounded Blake, a Black man, on Aug. 23, 2020. Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced in January that the officers involved in last summer's incident would not face charges.

Flashback: Cellphone footage shows Sheskey shooting Blake several times at close range in the back as Blake entered a vehicle with his children inside. The shooting left Blake paralyzed.

What he's saying: "Officer Sheskey was not charged with any wrong doing. He acted within the law and was consistent with training," Miskinis said in a statement Tuesday, citing an outside agency investigation and the decision by the Kenosha County district attorney.

  • "Although this incident has been reviewed at multiple levels, I know that some will not be pleased with the outcome; however given the facts, the only lawful and appropriate decision was made," he added.
  • Miskinis said Sheskey had returned from administrative leave as of March 31.

Following the district attorney's decision not to file charges, Ben Crump, a Blake family lawyer, said the move "failed not only Jacob and his family, but the community that protested and demanded justice."

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Biden's pick to lead major banking regulator drops out

Saule Omarova, nominee for Comptroller of the Currency, at a confirmation hearing on Nov. 18. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden's pick to head one of the country's most powerful banking regulators is dropping out of consideration for the post, according to a statement from Biden that accepted the withdrawal.

Why it matters: Saule Omarova, nominated to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, faced a tough path to confirmation — with opposition from Republicans and moderate Democrats.

Judge temporarily blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors

President Biden delivers remarks at the White House on Dec. 6 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked President Biden's vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide.

Why it matters: It's the latest setback in the Biden administration's rollout of COVID vaccine requirements. Federal judges in two states temporarily barred the administration from enforcing mandates for millions of workers last week.

Biden threatens Putin

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In a video call that lasted for just over two hours on Tuesday, President Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that if Russia invades Ukraine the U.S. will impose unprecedented sanctions and provide additional weaponry to the Ukrainians, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.

Why it matters: Russia's military activity on the border with Ukraine has triggered alarms from the U.S. and its European allies of a potential large-scale Russian invasion in early 2022. Sullivan said Biden made clear to Putin that, "things we did not do in 2014, we are prepared to do now."