THE Kenosha cop allegedly shot Jacob Blake as he thought he was going to kidnap a child.
Police Officer Rusten Sheskey allegedly heard a woman say "he's got my kid, he's got my keys," his attorney, Brendan Matthews, told CNN.
Sheskey rationalized using deadly force as he was afraid that Blake, 29, was trying to kidnap a child in the backseat of the vehicle.
Matthews added that if his client allowed Blake to drive away with the child "the question would have been 'why didn't you do something'?"
The lawyer also claimed that Blake held a knife in his hand and twisted his body towards Sheskey as he opened fire. A second officer at the scene relayed a similar encounter, Matthews added.
The white officer shot Blake in front of his three children seven times on August 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Since the shooting, Blake has remained paralyzed from the waist down and, for nearly a week after he was hospitalized, he was handcuffed to his hospital bed.
On August 28, his handcuffs were removed, and deputies who had been stationed there were told to leave after Blake's $500 bail was paid.
Police say that Blake was wanted for sexual assault and disorderly conduct charges when he was shot.
Blake pleaded not guilty to the charges from his hospital bed on Friday.
The black dad was also charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
According to WITI, Blake waived his right to a preliminary hearing and then pleaded not guilty to all charges in Kenosha County court.
During his court appearance on Friday, a signature bond of $10,000 was set for Blake.
A jury selection for a trial on the three charges was scheduled for November 9.
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