Editors note: 1/15/21 UPDATE: Jacob Blake later confessed to having a knife at the time of the shooting. He also had a warrant out on him and reportedly had a prior incident of resisting arrest also in possession of a knife during that occurrence.
On August 23, 2020, Jacob S. Blake, a 29-year-old black 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. 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. On January 5, 2021, Kenosha County prosecutors announced that the officers involved in the shooting will not be charged.
No Charges In Police Shooting Of Jacob Blake, Emergency Declaration Set In Kenosha
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