Jacob Blake, a black man who was “paralyzed” by seven consecutive shots by police in the United States, appeared in court from a hospital bed. He has pleaded not guilty in the court. British media according to a BBC report.
Disabled Jacob Blake is still in hospital since being shot in Kenosa, Wisconsin on August 23. The police shot him in the back six times. It is doubtful whether Jacob will be able to walk again. The incident intensified anti-apartheid demonstrations in Kenosa. Police took out a rally on Friday in riot gear, in which hundreds of protesters were removed from the truck.
Jacob appeared in court on the charges filed against him in July. The August 23 police shooting had nothing to do with the allegations. The trial is scheduled to begin next year.
Jacob was accused of sexually abusing a woman in May. The woman told police officers that Jacob snatched her car keys and debit card. The woman later fled the scene.
According to the Kenosa County District Attorney’s Office, Jacob was a fugitive in the case at the time of the Aug. 23 shooting.
Jacob appeared in court on Friday from the hospital bed through the zoom app and pleaded not guilty. However, the local commissioner has decided that the case will be tried as there is sufficient evidence.