Jacob Blake appears live-streamed in Kenosha Court hearing from hospital bed

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An American-African black man Jacob Blake who was shot several times by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, appeared in the live-streamed hearing from his hospital bed, dressed in a button-down shirt and tie, with his attorney, Patrick Cafferty, by his side.

Blake pleaded "not guilty" on Friday to criminal charges in a domestic abuse case filed before the shooting incident.

Blake, 29, has been left paralyzed from the waist down following the shooting. It was Blake's first pubic appearance since the August 23 shooting in Kenosha.

Blake's shooting ignited mass protests in Kenosha as demonstrators clashed with police.

Blake is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in May, according to a criminal complaint filed in July, and taking her debit card and the keys to her car. Blake was wanted on suspicion of felony sexual assault when he was shot by police.

Blake on Friday was ordered by a judge to not have any violent contact with the victim in the domestic abuse case or her children. He must not leave the state or possess weapons, the judge said, and he must attend all court appearances and not commit further crimes.

Blake acknowledged those directives by confirming "yes" during the hearing.

Publish : 2020-09-05 19:48:21

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