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Shooting of Jacob Blake

In August 2020, a police officer shot Jacob Blake while responding to a reported domestic abuse incident, sparking unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


On August 23, 2020, officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, responded to a domestic incident call. The female caller said that her boyfriend (Jacob Blake) had taken her car keys and refused to return them. Officers had a warrant for Blake’s arrest dating back to July after he allegedly sexually assaulted and abused the same girlfriend.

Officers arrived on the scene and overheard Blake’s victim shout, “He’s got my kid. He’s got my keys.” According to the officer, Blake had put a child in the car as the officers arrived. The officers attempted to subdue Blake with tasers. Blake shrugged off two tasers, opened a car door, and produced a knife. The officer on the scene then fired shots at Blake, injuring him but not killing him.