Jacob Blake Wiki – Biography
Jacob Blake, the man shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer, has reached a plea deal stemming from a domestic incident in May, court records show. He made his appearance in court via Zoom. Blake plead guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct and domestic abuse while a third-degree sexual assault charge was dismissed, according to the minutes filed in Kenosha County Court.
On August 23, 2020, Jacob S. Blake, 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 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 several high-profile killings by police officers in 2020.
Jacob Blake Age
Jacob Blake is 29-years-old.
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Charged & Arrested
He had been accused of unlawfully entering a home on May 3 and sexually assaulting a woman in her bedroom before leaving with her vehicle, according to the criminal complaint obtained by CNN. A trial had initially been set for November 9th. Judge Bruce Schroeder ordered Blake’s sentence be withheld and that he be placed on probation for two years.
Blake was shot multiple times during an altercation with police in August in Kenosha, which left him paralyzed. The charges were prior to and unrelated to the shooting. A video clip of the incident shows an officer shooting Blake as he tries to enter the driver’s side door of an SUV. His three children — 3, 5 and 8 — were in the car at the time. Protests over police brutality and systemic racism erupted after the video began circulating on social media. Blake is Black and the officer who shot him is White.
The 29-year-old is “in a spinal injury rehabilitation center in Chicago,” attorney Patrick Cafferty said last month. CNN attempted to reach attorneys for Blake to comment further on the plea but has not gotten a response.
Prosecutors in Wisconsin have dropped sexual assault charges against Jacob Blake — the Black man who was left paralyzed in a police shooting that sparked protests across the nation over the summer.
Kenosha police were trying to arrest Blake in connection with the sex assault case on Aug. 23 when a cop shot him seven times in the back as he tried to duck into his SUV.
Blake had been accused of breaking into a woman’s home and sexually assaulting her in May. The case had been scheduled to go to trial on Monday.
As part of a plea deal, the 29-year-old copped to two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, for which he was sentenced to two years of probation at a hearing over Zoom on Friday.
In exchange, prosecutors dropped the felony third-degree sexual assault charge and a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge against him.
During the hearing, prosecutors said that the alleged victim — who is the mother of Blake’s three sons — was not cooperating with the investigation and had walked back her claims, according to the Kenosha News.
“This was an agreement reached partly because the victim in this matter was not responsive to the subpoena to appear in court,” Walworth County District Attorney Zeke Wiedenfeld said of the plea deal.
However, Wiedenfeld said that while Blake had never been convicted of a crime as an adult, there was a long history of 911 calls from the woman accusing him of domestic violence or property disputes.
Judge Bruce Schroeder told Blake that engaging in domestic violence sets “a ghastly example for these children.”
“But your life has changed dramatically and perpetually,” Schroeder added.
“I hope that (your medical condition) will improve and that you’ll do better, but it does make unrealistic the suggestion that you be imprisoned for these cases.”
Blake, who remains paralyzed from the waist down, has been staying at a rehabilitation facility in Illinois. His lawyer said it is expected he will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his days.
An investigation into the police shooting is still ongoing. The encounter sparked days of anti-police brutality protests that turned violent at times.
During one night of demonstrations, prosecutors say 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse traveled to Kenosha from nearby Antioch, Ill., and fatally shot two men and wounded a third.
He’s been charged with two counts of felony homicide, attempted homicide, possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18 and reckless endangerment.