Jacob Blake shot 7 times by police in Kenosha, Blake family urges community healing

Updated: Sep 2, 2020

On August 23, 2020, Jacob S. Blake, a 29-year-old American black man, was shot from behind seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Police were attempting to arrest Blake during a domestic dispute where he attempted to bring peace, during which Blake was tased and scuffled briefly with officers. He was shot as he tried to enter his SUV, where his children were in the backseat.

The shooting was followed by furious protests, rioting, property damage, fires in downtown Kenosha, and further clashes with riot police.

Justin Blake spoke at the scene of a protest on the Aug. 23 police shooting of Jacob Blake. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The corner was outfitted with a DJ, a grill for ribs and burgers, two bounce houses and tables with information about voter registration. The air was filled with the sound of children playing, news crews setting up and the rallying cries of Justin Blake, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee."

Jacob Blake's encounter with law enforcement officers is another wrongfully violent incident caused by police which has altered the life of another Black family in 2020. Recently, mass protests have erupted across the nation against racial justices particularly caused by law enforcement.

Since 2015, The Washington Post began to log every fatal shooting by an on-duty police officer in the United States. In that time there have been more than 5,000 such shootings recorded by The Post. As of September 1, 2020, The Washington Post has recorded 1, 026 shootings for the year 2020. The Post’s data relies primarily on news accounts, social media postings and police reports.