Jacob Blake Made a Powerful Statement From His Hospital Bed
He was shot seven times and is currently in stable condition.
UPDATE 09/08/2020 at 11:45 A.M.: Jacob Blake has sent a message from his hospital bed where he is recovering after being shot in the back seven times by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He gave viewers an update on his condition and urged them to not take life for granted.
"There's a lot more life to live out here man," Blake said. "Your life, and not only just your life, your legs, something that you need to move around and move forward in life, can be taken from you like this. I promise you, the type of s–t that you will go through. I got staples in my back, staples in my damn stomach, you do not want to have to deal with this s–t man."
He went on to add, "It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side to side, it hurts to eat. Please, I'm telling you, change your lives out there. We can stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out here, man, because there’s so much time that has been wasted.”
Protests demanding justice for Blake have continued throughout Kenosha in the weeks since the shooting. If you want to demand justice for him you can call or email the below:
- Kenosha District Attorney: 262-653-2400, Michael.Graveley@da.wi.gov
- Kenosha Mayor and City Administrator: 262-653-4000, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kenosha City Attorney:262-653-4170, email@example.com
On August 23, Jacob Blake, a Black man, was rushed to the hospital in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after a police officer shot him seven times, the Kenosha News reports. Blake, 29, is currently in the hospital recovering from his injuries. The incident was documented in a video that has been shared online. The clip shows two officers, guns drawn, following Blake as he gets into the driver's seat of a silver SUV. When he opens the car door, an officer grabs at Blake’s shirt and at least seven gunshots can be heard.
After the shooting, Blake was transported to Froedtert Hospital in critical condition. A family friend told CBS News that Blake is "expected to make it." Tuesday, lawyer for Blake said that he is paralyzed from the waist down. They don't know if the injuries are permanent.
Witnesses insist that Blake was unarmed and was attempting to settle a verbal altercation between two women before the officers arrived.
"Blake was helping to deescalate a domestic incident when police drew their weapons and tasered him," the Blake family said through civil-rights attorney Ben Crump, who is handling the case on behalf o the family. "As he was walking away to check on his children, police fired their weapons several times into his back at point-blank range. Blake’s three sons were only a few feet away and witnessed police shoot their father."
Politicians, including Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, have been vocal in the wake of the shooting, acknowledging that Blake is just the latest Black man to fall victim to police brutality.
"Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight. While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country," he said after the shooting, according to The Cut.
Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez echoed his sentiments and demanded an investigation into the incident.
According to the Washington Post, the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, though their identities have not been released to the public. The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation is currently investigating the incident.
Anyone looking to make a donation can find more information on GoFundMe, where Blake's family has started to cover the cost of "medical bills, legal representation, support for his children and therapy costs." Anti-Racism Daily has published a list of contacts to hold the administration in Kenosha accountable.
This post was updated to reflect Jacob Blake's condition.