Shooting of Jacob Blake

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Jacob S. Blake is a 29-year-old African-American man who was shot by police in August 2020. He was hit by four of seven shots[1][2] fired at his back during an arrest by police officer Rusten Sheskey.[3][4] Blake did not die, but he cannot move his body below his waist. He is paralyzed.[5]

The shooting happened in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 23, 2020, as officers were attempting to arrest Blake. There was an arrest warrant against Blake for criminal trespass, domestic abuse, and sexual assault.[6][7][8][9]

During the encounter, Blake was tasered and scuffled with officers.[10] He was shot as he opened the driver's door to his SUV and leaned in.[11] Three of Blake's sons were in the backseat.[12][13][14]

The shooting was followed by protests, property damage, arson, and shooting deaths in downtown Kenosha.

Both the state of Wisconsin and the U.S. federal government decided not to charge police officer Rusten Sheskey with a crime for the shooting.[5]

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  1. "Wisconsin Investigators Say Knife Found at Scene of Police Shooting of Jacob Blake". August 27, 2020 – via[permanent dead link]
  2. "Two killed by gunfire as Kenosha protests erupt in violence".
  3. St. Hilaire, Amanda; Delong, Katie (2020-08-26). "DOJ identifies officer who shot Jacob Blake as Rusten Sheskey; says Blake had knife". FOX 6 Now Milwaukee. Retrieved 2020-08-27.
  4. Danbeck, Jackson; Durain, Tom (August 26, 2020). "Department of Justice identifies Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake 7 times in the back". TMJ4.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Associated Press (October 8, 2021). "DOJ won't seek charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha". NPR.
  6. Smith, Deneen (26 August 2020). "Jacob Blake's family makes an impassioned plea for justice outside courthouse". Kenosha News. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  7. Jones, Meg; Taschler, Joe (25 August 2020). "Less than 3 minutes passed between when Kenosha police arrived and when Jacob Blake was shot, according to dispatch audio". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  8. "Jacob Blake: What we know about Wisconsin police shooting". BBC News. 27 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  9. VerBruggen, Robert (27 August 2020). "What We Know about the Jacob Blake Shooting". National Review. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  10. Mansell, William; Winsor, Morgan; Ghebremedhin, Sabina; Hutchinson, Bill; Deliso, Meredith (August 26, 2020). "Authorities identify Kenosha cop who shot Jacob Blake, say Blake had knife". ABC News. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  11. Stevens, Mark (26 August 2020). "DOJ: Kenosha Officer Rusten Sheskey fired weapon into Jacob Blake's back 7 times". WDJT Milwaukee. CBS. Retrieved 26 August 2020.
  12. Groves, Stephen; Bauer, Scott (August 24, 2020). "17-year-old arrested after 2 killed during unrest in Kenosha". AP. Retrieved August 24, 2020.
  13. Peiser, Jaclyn; Berman, Mark; Guarino, Mark; Firozi, Paulina; Witte, Griff (August 24, 2020). "After video shows Wisconsin police shooting a Black man multiple times, National Guard is called to Kenosha". Washington Post. Archived from the original on August 25, 2020. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  14. Cadeaux, Ethan (26 August 2020). "Report: Veteran NBA Player Says Remainder of Postseason 'in Jeopardy'". NBC4 Washington. Retrieved 2020-08-26.