Jacob Blake, who was shot by a cop in Kenosha, Wisc., last month, appeared Friday for the first time since he was injured — to plead not guilty to prior criminal charges filed against him in July.
On August 23, 2020, Jacob S. Blake, a 29-year-old African American man, was shot and seriously injured by police officer Rusten Sheskey when Sheskey shot Blake seven times in his back during an arrest. Four of the seven shots hit Blake. The incident occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin. During the encounter, Blake was tasered and scuffled with officers. He was shot as he opened the driver’s door to his SUV and leaned in. Three of Blake’s sons were in the backseat.
The police shooting was followed by protests, which included rallies, marches, property damage, arson, and clashes with police. Two protesters were also fatally shot in a confrontation with an armed civilian. Blake’s name was invoked in protests in other cities as part of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has seen a resurgence in the wake of high-profile killings by police officers in 2020. (wiki)