Jacob Blake had an outstanding arrest warrant for sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse. Police were responding to a domestic incident at a home in the area when Blake was shot, though nature of the dispute is unclear. Although viral video showed a cop shooting Blake while reaching for something in the car, another video from a different angle showed him brawling with the cops on the pavement. In 2015, Jacob Blake was charged with resisting arrest causing a soft tissue injury to a police officer while pulling a gun at the bar for which he was facing upto 8-1/2 years in prison.
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New footage show Jacob Blake wrestling with Cops
Jacob Blake, 29, was shot seven times by a cop in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. Police were responding to a domestic incident at a home in the area, though nature of the dispute is unclear.
The viral video shows Blake walking toward an SUV as at least three cops follow with guns drawn. Blake appears to ignore police orders to stop and tries to get into the driver’s side of the SUV. That’s when at least seven gunshots were heard; Blake’s kids were inside car as the events unfolded.
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Although, the viral video didn’t show what happened before Blake started walking away from the cops.
Video filmed from another angle shows Blake and at least two cops wrestling on the sidewalk near the car. In the clip, Blake is seen extricating himself from the brawl and walking toward driver’s side of the SUV.
In the latest video, Blake is seen wrestling with at least two Kenosha police officers.
Blake then manages to break free from the cops and begins to walk from the passenger’s side of his SUV to the driver’s side. As he opens the driver’s side door, gunshots ring out.
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Blake has a history of resisting arrest using violence. Earlier charges against Blake show a similar behavior and a subsequent search of his SUV at the time turned up a black handgun on the floor behind the drivers seat.
At the end of the viral video Blake is seen taking a sharp turn and leaping at the floor of the car, probably reaching out for his gun before being shot.
It is also reported that before resorting to gunfire, the police attempted to subdue Blake with a Taser which failed.
Viral video does not capture all the intricacies
Meanwhile, the police union representing officers on the Kenosha police force released a statement on Monday asking to withhold any prejudgment until the investigation is complete and said that the video that went viral does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident.
“Until that investigation is completed, we ask that you withhold prejudgment about the incident and please the let process take place. Governor Evers’ statement on the incident was wholly irresponsible and not reflective of the hardworking members of the law enforcement community, not to mention the citizens of the City of Kenosha.”
“As always, the video currently circulating does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident. We ask that you withhold from passing judgement until all the facts are known and released. We, along with the citizens of the great City of Kenosha, ask for peace and to let the process play out fairly and impartially.”
Jacob Blake charged with sexual assault issued arrest warrant
Online court records indicate Kenosha County prosecutors charged Blake on July 6 with sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse.
An arrest warrant was issued the following day. The records contain no further details and do not list an attorney for Blake.
Jacob Blake faced upto 8-1/2 years in prison
In 2015, Jacob Blake was charged in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of resisting arrest causing a soft tissue injury to a police officer and one misdemeanor count each of carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, endangering safety-use of a dangerous weapon, and disorderly conduct. On conviction, he faced up to 8-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, Blake and two women were at the Brass Monkey tavern, when Blake got into an argument with another patron and pulled a black handgun. Blake pointed the gun at the other man, and the magazine fell to the floor. The bartender told Blake to leave, and he did but then pointed the gun through the window at patrons inside the bar before walking south on Junction Avenue.
Police conducted a high risk traffic stop, the complaint reads, and ordered Blake to put his hands out the window of the vehicle. Instead, Blake exited the SUV and started walking toward officers and ignored commands to get down on the ground. When Blake refused to comply repeatedly, K9 Dozer was deployed to force him into compliance.
At the time he was taken into custody, Blake was searched and police say he had a holster on his hip but no gun. A subsequent search of the SUV turned up a black handgun on the floor behind the drivers seat. A box of ammunition was also found, and two loaded magazines were discovered in Blake’s coat.
Whilst the way George Floyd was arrested and held down was totally unacceptable, let us not pretend he was a saint either. Pointing a gun at a woman’s stomach whilst robbing house, for example, not good https://t.co/Uk4w5Ev2ea
— David C Bannerman (@DCBMEP) June 9, 2020
Meanwhile, the shooting igniting widespread riots and looting three months after the death of George Floyd. Interestingly, George Floyd also had a criminal history. He went to jail for atleast 5 times and a look at George Floyd’s profile as per court documents reads like a career criminal involved in drug abuse, theft, criminal trespassing, aggravated robbery as well as entering a woman’s home and pointing a gun at her stomach while looking for drugs and money.