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Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old black man whose shooting by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin reignited nationwide protests against racism and police brutality, pleaded not guilty on Friday to criminal charges filed before the shooting .
Complaint accuses Blake of criminal trespassing, third degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct based on statements by his ex-girlfriend at the time, the mother of three of his children, who told police that Blake broke into her home on May 3 and sexually assaulted her. before stealing his truck and his debit card.
Blake pleaded through his attorney in a live hearing, his first public appearance since he was shot in the back by a white Kenosha policeman on August 23.
Blake, who was left paralyzed from the waist up by the shooting, was propped up in his hospital bed, wearing a blue shirt and yellow tie, with his lawyer, Patrick Cafferty, seated in a chair at his sides.