Jacob Blake Criminal Record Details: Supporters Say Active Warrant Doesn't Justify Kenosha Police Shooting

A warrant for Jacob Blake's arrest was issued against Jacob Blake, but it's unclear if police were aware of it when they shot the 29-year-old Black man on Sunday.

Prosecutors in Kenosha County, Wisconsin charged Blake, 29, with third-degree sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse last month, according to The Kenosha News. An arrest warrant for Blake was issued on July 6.

The newspaper reported that a woman living in the 2800 block of 40th Street told police in May that Blake, her ex-boyfriend, had come into her home and taken her car keys and vehicle. She also said he had touched her sexually without consent.

It's not clear if the officers who arrived at an address in the same block shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday were aware of those charges. The Kenosha Police Department has been contacted for comment.

An attorney representing Blake told the newspaper that Blake had no previous criminal charges or convictions.

Supporters have said the charges filed against Blake last month should not be used to justify the shooting. "It doesn't matter," a man who attended a news conference given by the Blake family on Tuesday afternoon yelled out, according to The Kenosha News.

Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing the Blake family, told reporters at the news conference that police haven't given Blake's family any information about what prompted the shooting that has left him paralyzed and fighting for his life in hospital.

"It is so strange, it's so crazy that when there is video of certain people in the community, they say, 'Oh, that's all we need to arrest somebody and charge somebody," he said.

"But when it's them doing something nefarious to a person of color, they say 'oh no, don't just take the video, you have to put it in context. Don't rush to judgement. But didn't they rush to judgment when they shot Jacob?"

He added: "Why is it double standards? We can't have two justice systems in America. We keep saying this after every tragedy, we can't have a justice system for Black America and one for white America. We have to have a justice system for everybody." Crump has been contacted for additional comment.

Meanwhile, Jae Rice, a family friend, told The Chicago Tribune that she wants people to know that no one deserves what happened to Blake, regardless of whether or not they have a criminal record.

"It's always sort of like a, 'Oh let's understand why this person got in this predicament,'" Rice said. "When I heard that, I just got sick to my stomach, because I was just wondering, 'What does any of that, what does any of that have to do with the video we just saw?'"

Police in Kenosha do not have body cameras, but a cellphone video captured the shooting and sparked violent protests for three consecutive nights after it was circulated widely on social media.

The clip showed Blake walking around the front of his SUV with officers following him with their weapons drawn. As Blake leaned into the car, one officer is seen grabbing his shirt and opening fire. Seven shots are heard, but it's not clear how many shots struck Blake or how many of the officers fired their guns.

Raysean White, the man who filmed the video, said he saw police officers wrestle, punch and user a Taser on Blake moments before he started recording.

"After they punched him in his rib, the female officer Tased him and Jacob kind of leaned on the car and they proceeded to wrestle him toward the back of the car and he went to the other side of the car," he told CNN. "When they were on the other side of the car on the ground, I had to pick up my camera and start recording."

White told the Associated Press that he heard officers shout "Drop the knife! Drop the knife!" before they shot Blake, but said he didn't see one in his hands.

Few other details have emerged in the days since about exactly what led to police shooting Blake.

The Kenosha Police Department said officers had been responding to a "domestic incident" shortly after 5 p.m. when they encountered Blake, but little else. Other witnesses and Crump said he had been breaking up a fight.

Police have not said if Blake was armed at the time or revealed the identities of the officers involved. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is investigating the shooting.

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People gather in front of the Kenosha County Court House to protest against the police shooting of Jacob Blake on August 24, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Scott. Olson/Getty Images