Jacob S. Blake Jr. is the African-American man shot by Kenosha Police Department officer Rusten Sheskey at around 5:00 p.m. on August 23, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States. The latter was placed on administrative leave immediately after the shooting.
Blake was trying to break an altercation between two women outside a home at 2805 40th St. in Kenosha when the Kenosha cops arrived. They wanted to talk to him but he was not interested.
It was when Blake was putting his children in a vehicle and was preparing to leave when Sheskey shot him at least seven times at close range. A video of the incident was recorded by an eyewitness named Raysean White, born in 1998.
Around 15 minutes before the shooting, Blake was barbecuing with his children, according to his neighbor Chyna Smith. He was not struggling at all and was just getting into his car when he was shot by the Kenosha cops, a great-grandmother born in 1940 who witnessed the shooting told the Chicago Sun Times.
“The Wisconsin Department of Justice is vigorously and thoroughly investigating yesterday’s officer-involved shooting in Kenosha,” Wisconsin attorney general Josh Kaul said in a statement obtained by NBC News. “As with all investigations we conduct, we will unwaveringly pursue justice in this case.”
The shooting reignited the Black Lives Matter movement even more. Here are 13 more things about Blake:
- His late grandfather Reverend Jacob Blake became pastor of Ebenezer AME Church in Evanston, Illinois, USA in 1967 and died in 1976. The grandfather helped organize Evanston residents who supported a local comprehensive housing law after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
- He was born on April 30, 1991 to Jacob Blake Sr. and Julia Y. Jackson.
- He loves architecture, music and sports.
- He grew up in Evanston and attended Evanston Township High School where he played football and basketball. He moved to Kenosha for a job and his family.
- He is friends with National Basketball Association agent Daniel Poneman. They went together from kindergarten to high school.
- In 2015, he pulled a gun at a local bar in Racine, Wisconsin. He was charged with resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon.
- On July 6, 2020, he was charged with criminal trespass to dwelling, third-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse.
- He is engaged to Laquisha Booker. Referring to Kenosha cops, she told WMTJ-TV, “You shot him numerous times for no reason. It didn’t take all that. (You also did) disregard that my kids were in the car at all and you knew they were in there because I kept screaming that.”
- He has six children in total. He and Booker have three children together, who were born in 2012, 2015 and 2017. He was unarmed when Sheskey shot him, which was witnessed by his three children with Booker.
- He was transported via Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Kenosha News reported. He was in serious condition.
- He had surgery and was in the intensive-care unit, his brother told WTMJ-TV reporter Lauren Linder. Speaking about his condition, their father told Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he was “stable (and is) still here.”
- His uncle Justin Blake described him as a polite, perky and “lively young man” who “loves people” in an interview with Chicago Tribune. The uncle said they volunteered together at Black Urban Recycling, an organization collecting and recycling aluminum cans to raise funds for a community center in Englewood, Chicago.
- After the shooting, a GoFundMe fundraiser was organized for him by his mother. It received almost $500,000 in just 12 hours.
(This is a developing story. More details to be added soon.)