What are the facts of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha (US)?

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On the evening of Sunday, 23 August 2020, Jacob Blake was shot in the back by a Kenosha Police Department officer.

Rusten Sheskey of the Kenosha Police Department, was responding to a call in the 2800 block of 40th Street, when he fired his weapon seven times hitting Mr Blake in the back. No other officers fired their weapons.

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Jacob Blake had an outstanding arrest warrant at the time of his shooting.

Mr Blake had an outstanding warrant at the time of his arrest, and was charged with third-degree sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct over an alleged domestic abuse incident on 06 July 2020.

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Mr Blake had a weapon at the time of his shooting.

In a statement, the Department of Justice said that during its investigation into the shooting, Mr Blake admitted that he had a knife and that one was recovered from the driver's side of Mr Blake's car.

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Police attention was on Jacob Blake because of the nature of the call they received and the fact that he had a weapon.

During a call to the police, a female caller reported that her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be on the premises. Mr Blake also admitted that he had a knife in his possession.

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Jacob Blake was trying to defuse an ongoing fight at the location where he was shot, according to his family's attorney.

Prominent civil rights attorney, Benjamin Crump, who is one of the lawyers representing Blake's family, said Blake was attempting to de-escalate a domestic incident when police drew their pistols and stun guns on him.

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