The Kenosha Police Department announced Wednesday that the two officers involved in the arrest of Jacob Blake that resulted in his fatal shooting have returned to duty.
The Kenosha Police Department explained that Officers Vincent Arenas and Brittany Meronek were on administrative leave since August 23 and returned to full duty on January 20. The Department further explained that it did not conduct a deadly force review because the two officers did not use deadly force during Blake’s arrest. The Department stated:
Officers Arenas and Meronek were not charged with a crime and after review by the Kenosha County District Attorney and an independent investigator, former Madison Police Chief, Noble Wray, the actions taken by the officers were reasonable and justified.
The Kenosha County District Attorney, Michael Graveley, previously announced he will not issue charges against Officer Rusten Sheskey for shooting Jacob Blake, or against Meronek and Arenas for their involvement. The Kenosha Police Department stated, however, that Sheskey will remain on administrative leave, “pending the findings of a Kenosha Police use of deadly force review board.”