The police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake, 29, in Kenosha, Wisconsin on the evening of 23 August 2020 sparked violence. In Wisconsin, rioting, arson, looting, vandalism, attacks on police occurred. Additionally, some rioters/protesters were armed and openly carrying rifles. Jacob Blake had a warrant for his arrest as of July for committing a “third-degree sexual assault” -which in the state of Wisconsin, is defined as “(3) Third-degree sexual assault. (a) Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person without the consent of that person is guilty of a Class G felony. (b) Whoever has sexual contact in the manner described in sub. (5) (b) 2. or 3. with a person without the consent of that person is guilty of a Class G felony.” 

See Jacob Blake warrant and criminal record here: details 

I assess that there will be increased violence across the US in response to the shooting. Jacob Blake is currently in stable condition (he DID NOT die). There are already posts in solidarity with Wisconsin – in one particular post, threats were made against police. Cities centers in Wisconsin will likely see unrest in the coming days, as well as increased violence in cities with continued unrest (i.e. Chicago, Portland). It is likely there will be sparks of violence and riots across the nation. 

The civil rights lawyer – Ben Crump – who handled the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor Case is now officially representing the family of Jacob Blake. 

No further info at this time. 

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