Governor Tony Evers on Monday, Jan. 4 authorized the Wisconsin National Guard to support local law enforcement authorities in Kenosha ahead of a charging decision in the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake’s family planned a march and vigil in Kenosha Monday evening.
National Guard mobilized to ‘preserve public safety’ in Kenosha pending charges in Jacob Blake shooting
On August 23, 2020, Jacob S. Blake, a 29-year-old African American man, was shot and seriously injured by police officer Rusten Sheskey in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Sheskey shot at Blake’s back seven times when Blake opened the driver’s door to his SUV and leaned in. Three of Blake’s sons were in the backseat at the time. Earlier during the encounter, Blake had been tasered and had scuffled with officers.
The police shooting was followed by unrest, which included rallies, marches, property damage, arson, and clashes with police. Two protesters were also fatally shot in a confrontation with an armed civilian Kyle Rittenhouse. 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 several high-profile killings by police officers in 2020.(wiki)