The 29-year-old was recently shot multiple times by Wisconsin police. His father says the doctors aren't sure if the paralysis is permanent.
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Jacob Blake, the Black man who was apparently shot in the back by Wisconsin police in the presence of his three sons, is now left paralyzed waist down. According to the 29-year-old's father, who is also named Jacob Blake, his son is now left with 'eight holes' in his body after being gunned down by cops from the Kenosha Police Department on Sunday evening. Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, senior Blake said that doctors do not know if the paralysis is permanent for now. Currently, Blake is in a stable condition after undergoing surgery, reports Daily Mail.
Imagine living in a world where complying with law enforcement results in leaving a situation alive every time. Makes me shutter.— loonardi (@loonardi) August 24, 2020
The incident which occurred around 5:00 p.m. that day was captured by bystanders and troubling footage was posted on social media. Three officers could be seen yelling and pointing their weapons at a man (Blake) who was walking around the front of a parked vehicle. As he attempted to lean into the vehicle, one officer grabbed his shirt from behind and fired into the vehicle. Several shots could be heard following this. The bystander, 22-year-old Raysean White, who recorded the incident, said he saw six or seven women shouting at each other moments before the shooting, according to Star Tribune. After a few moments, Blake drove up in his SUV and asked his son, who was standing nearby, to get into the car. White revealed that Blake did not say anything to the women.
At this point White had left his spot and when he returned he saw Blake struggling with three officers, as they punched I'm in the ribs. At one point he heard them yell, "Drop the knife! Drop the knife!" as the man managed to free himself and walk towards his vehicle. But White says he did not see a knife in Blake's hands. The clip then shows Blake walking around the front of his SUV and as he approaches his driver-side door, officers follow him with their gun pointed. Just as he opens the door and leans into the SUV, where his three children aged 3, 5, and 8 are present, shots are fired. While releasing a statement, the police department did not mention whether Blake was carrying a weapon or not and didn't immediately disclose the race if the three officers involved in the shooting.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets after a viral video appeared to show police shooting a Black man in the back. https://t.co/uqKDMZNxqB— NewsChannel 8 | KTUL (@KTULNews) August 24, 2020
The same night Blake's father learned of the heartbreaking incident and is said to be driving from Charlotte, North Carolina to Wisconsin to be by his son's side. "What justified all those shots? What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing?" asked senior Blake. "I want to put my hand on my son's cheek and kiss him on his forehead, and then I'll be OK. I'll kiss him with my mask. The first thing I want to do is touch my son."
Justice how? Burning down every store in the city? Is that your justice? Jacob will get the same justice that 5 yr old #CannonHinnant got. An arrest, an investigation and a trial. Because that's the way justice works.— Cranky Curmudgeon 🇺🇸🏴☠️ (@CrankyCur) August 26, 2020
The officers involved in the case have since been placed on administrative leave, which is the standard protocol in a case involving shooting by police. Details about the officers are yet to be released. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the Blake family, said that the man was "simply trying to do the right thing by intervening in a domestic incident." Laquisha Booker's Blake's parter told NBC's Milwaukee affiliate WTMJ-TV, that their three kids were in the back seat of the SUV when the police shot him. "That man just literally grabbed him by his shirt and looked the other way and was just shooting him. With the kids in the back screaming. Screaming," she said.
Do you mean the party that tolerates shooting unarmed, nonviolent, non threatening black people?— Lisa (@teachezart) August 24, 2020
The shooting comes during a summer of excessive racial turmoil across the country following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. Democratic Governor Tony Evers was quick to condemn the officers for their actions. "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. Meanwhile, Joe Biden, the Democratic Presidential nominees said that the responsible officers "must be held accountable," adding, "This morning, the nation wakes up yet again with grief and outrage that yet another Black American is a victim of excessive force." He continued, "Those shots pierce the soul of our nation."