Jacob Blake is paralyzed from waist down and has ‘eight holes in his body’ after being shot in the back by police in front of his chiildren
His father of Jacob Blake Sr. called police shooting his 29-year-old son in the back, in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday evening, ‘attempted murder’
Doctors do not yet know if the paralysis will be permanent, his Blake Sr said, but he is now in a stable condition in hospital after undergoing surgery
Video of police shooting Blake, point blank in the back as he leaned into his SUV while his three children sat in the vehicle, circulated widely on social media, stoking protests
A second cellphone video that emerged later appeared to show Blake struggling while being held down by at least two officers
The officers punch, kick and shoot him with a stun gun before he gets free and walks around to the driver’s side of the SUV
Once he opened the door the cops who were right behind him started shooting, at least seven shots rang out
The state governor has condemned the unnecessary ‘bloodshed,’ stating that he saw no evidence supporting police claim that the victim had a knife at the time
While the officers have been placed on administrative leave, no charges have been filed
Anger over the shooting spilled into the streets of Kenosha for a second night Monday with police firing tear gas at hundreds of protesters defying a curfew
Jacob Blake is now paralyzed from the waist down after his body was riddled with bullets, his father says.
Blake, a 29-year-old black man, who is a father-of-six was shot in the back by Wisconsin police as he was getting into his SUV while his three young sons watched from the back seat, over the weekend.
Blake’s father, who is also named Jacob Blake, told the Chicago Sun-Times that his son now has ‘eight holes’ in his body after being shot multiple times in the back, no further than arms length, by a police officer in Kenosha on Sunday evening.
The elder Blake said his son who has three other children is paralyzed from the waist down but doctors do not yet know if the paralysis will be his permanent condition.
Blake is now in a stable condition in hospital after undergoing surgery.
Wisconsin police officer shoots Jacob Blake in the back seven times, as he walks away. The video of the Sunday incident went viral and sparked riots
The update on the victim’s condition comes just as another footage of the incident emerged, which was taken from a different angle to the initial cellphone footage, that appears to show Blake struggling with two officers in the lead up to the shooting.
Blake’s father who drove from Charlotte, North Carolina to Wisconsin to be by his son’s side in hospital said he learned Sunday night that officers had shot his son and that he saw the now-viral cellphone video of the incident online just a few minutes later.
Describing the shooting of his son as ‘attempted murder’ the senior Blake asked, ‘What justified all those shots?’
‘What justified doing that in front of my grandsons?
‘What are we doing?
‘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.’
After the first video went viral on social media, a second cellphone video emerged that appeared show a bit more of events preceding the shooting.
Kenosha police do not have body cameras but do have body microphones.
However, the emergence of a second cellphone video that emerged later appeared to show Blake wrestling with two officers beside the SUV prior to the shooting
Blake managed to break free and was shown in the video walking to the driver’s side of his SUV.
Another view of police officer shooting Jacob Blake in kenosha, Wis., on Sunday evening
The second video like the preceding tape shows the moment Blake walked from the sidewalk around the front of his SUV to his driver-side door while officers followed him with their guns pointed as they shouted at him.
As Blake opened the door and leaned into the SUV where his three children aged 8, 5 and 3 were waiting in the back seat.
An officer grabbed his shirt from behind and opened fire while Blake had his back turned. At least seven shots could be heard.
The officers involved have since been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice in a shooting by police. Authorities released no details about the officers.
The man who said he made the initial cellphone video, 22-year-old Raysean White, said he saw Blake scuffling with three officers and heard them yell: ‘Drop the knife! Drop the knife!’ before the gunfire erupted. He said he didn’t see a knife in Blake’s hands.
White said that before the gunfire, he looked out his window and saw six or seven women shouting at each other on the sidewalk.
A few moments later, Blake drove up in his SUV and told his son, who was standing nearby, to get in the vehicle, according to White. White said Blake did not say anything to the women.
White said he left the window for a few minutes, and when he came back, saw three officers wrestling with Blake. One punched Blake in the ribs, and another used a stun gun on him, White said. He said Blake got free and started walking away as officers yelled about a knife.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, representing Blake’s family, said Blake was ‘simply trying to do the right thing by intervening in a domestic incident.’
Police did not immediately confirm either man’s account. They did say, however, confirm they were responding to a call about a domestic dispute when they encountered Blake.
Blake’s fiancee, Laquisha Booker, told WTMJ-TV that the couple’s three children were in the back seat of the SUV when 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,’ Booker said.
Anger over the shooting spilled into the streets of Kenosha for a second night on Monday, with police again firing tear gas at hundreds of protesters who defied a curfew, threw bottles and shot fireworks at law enforcement guarding the courthouse.
Ben Crump, who has also represented the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, said Blake’s family has asked that demonstrations in response to his shooting remain peaceful.
‘They don’t believe violence to be the solution,’ he said.
The shooting drew condemnation from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who also called out 125 members of the National Guard on Monday after protesters set cars on fire, smashed windows and clashed with officers in riot gear the previous night.
The governor said he has seen no information to suggest Blake had a knife or other weapon, but that the case is still being investigated by the state Justice Department.
Evers immediately condemned the shooting.
While not all details were known ‘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,’ the governor said.
Also responding to what appears to be the latest incident of police use of ‘excessive force,’ Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said the officers ‘must be held accountable.’
Wisconsin GOP members decried the violent protests, and the police union accused the politicians of rushing to judgment, reflecting the deep partisan divide in Wisconsin, a key presidential battleground state.
The reaction by Evers drew a counter from the police union. ‘As always, the video currently circulating does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident,’ Pete Deates, president of the Kenosha police union, said in a statement.
He called the governor’s statement ‘wholly irresponsible.’
Blake’s grandfather, Jacob Blake Sr., was a prominent minister and civil rights leader in the Chicago area who helped organize a march and spoke in support of a comprehensive housing law in Evanston, Illinois, days after the 1968 slaying of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Rachel Noerdlinger, publicist for the National Action Network, told AP that the Rev. Al Sharpton spoke on Monday to Blake’s father, who called the civil rights leader for his support. Blake Sr will speak at Rev. Sharpton’s March on Washington commemoration on Friday, Noerdlinger said.
Karissa Lewis, national field director of Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 150 Black-led organizations that make up the broader Black Lives Matter movement, said the shooting was yet another example of why activists have called for defunding police departments.
‘There’s no amount of training or reform that can teach a police officer that it’s wrong to shoot a Black man in the back seven times while his children watch,’ Lewis said.