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On 26 August, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Justice updated their investigation into the shooting of Jacob S. Blake by (a) Kenosha police officer. Here’s a breakdown (excerpts and analysis) of the new information provided:

1. Kenosha Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of 40th Street after a female caller reported that her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be on the premises (excerpt). 

2. During the incident, officers attempted to arrest Jacob S. Blake, age 29. A taser was deployed unsuccessfully. Mr. Blake walked around his car and then leaned into his car. One officer, Rusten Sheskey, fired 7 shots.

3. Officer Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr. Blake’s back. No other officer fired their weapon. Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, therefore the officers were not wearing body cameras.

4. During the investigation following the initial incident, Mr. Blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession. DCI agents recovered a knife from the driver’s side floorboard of Mr. Blake’s vehicle (excerpt).

5. The Wisconsin DOJ’s statement makes no reference to an outstanding warrant (third-degree sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in connection with an accusation of domestic abuse) issued by the Wisconsin Circuit Court for the arrest of Jacob Blake.

The first link provided in this article will take you directly to the official DOJ statement on the shooting of Jacob S. Blake. The second link connects to the Wisconsin Circuit Court and their web page illustrating the pending charges against Jacob Blake.

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