Jacob Blake pleads not guilty to charges filed prior to shooting

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Jacob Blake has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges filed prior to the shooting.

The 29-year-old black man was shot by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin last month, reigniting nationwide protests over racism and police brutality.

Mr Blake has been accused of criminal trespass, third-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct in charges which predate the incident.

The woman told police Mr Blake broke into her home on May 3 and sexually assaulted her before stealing her truck and debit card.

Jacob Blake’s father Jacob Blake Sr makes a speech during protests (REUTERS)

On Friday, Mr Blake entered the plea through his lawyer during a livestreamed court hearing.

It came as his first public appearance since he was shot in the back by a white Kenosha police officer on August 23.

Mr Blake, who was left paralysed from the waist down by the shooting, was propped up in his hospital bed, dressed in a blue shirt and yellow tie, with his lawyer, Patrick Cafferty, sitting in a chair to his side.

Mr Cafferty noted that Mr Blake had been working as a painter and that he had no prior criminal record or convictions in any state.

Mr Blake raised his hand to greet Loren Keating, a Kenosha County judicial court commissioner when addressed.

He said: “Yes sir,” when asked if he could hear clearly and whether he understood the terms of his $10,000 signature bond.

“The state recognises that these are serious charges but also that the defendant has serious injuries and he’s recovering at the hospital,” said Zeke Wiedenfeld, a prosecutor.

The court set trial to begin on November 9 with jury selection.