Jacob Blake made his first statement since being shot seven times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, describing his constant pain and he urged people to be appreciative of how precious life is.
“I just want to say, man, a lot of young cats out there and even the older ones, older than me, it’s a lot more life to live out here, man,” Blake said from his hospital bed in a video tweeted by his family’s attorney Ben Crump, a nationally known civil rights advocate.
“Your life, and not only just your life, your legs, something you need to move around and forward in life, can be taken from you like this,” he said as he snapped his fingers.
Blake let people know that he’s constantly in pain from the injuries he sustained that his doctors say will leave him paralyzed from the waist down.
“And I promise you the type of s–t you go through, staples, I got staples in my back, staples in my damn stomach, you do not want to deal with this s–t, man.
“Twenty-four hours, every 24 hours it’s pain, nothing but pain,” he added.
“It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side-to-side, it hurts to eat,” Blake went on. “Please, I’m telling you, change your lives.
“Stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out there, man, because there’s so much time that’s been wasted.”
Jacob sounds a lot more reasonable than his father, Jacob Blake Sr, a Louis FarraKLAN follower who has a racist history against white people and Jewish people. The father said Friday that his “happy-go-lucky” son is optimistic about his future. Speaking by video chat from a Milwaukee hotel, Blake Sr told The Associated Press that the past two weeks for him have been “surreal” and “like a dream” and he’s just mentally worn out. Sr said he’s been receiving death threats, and that he couldn’t talk about them in detail, which is an indication that police are investigating.
Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake after he resisted arrest during a called to police that was made on August 23rd.
Federal prosecutors are running a civil rights investigation into the incident. A video produced of the incident was clear as day. Blake was seen on camera resisting arrest when officers tried to take him into custody, he broke free and began walking around his SUV to the driver’s side door as Officer Sheskey followed him from behind with his gun drawn, opening fire as Blake reached inside for something.
Blake later admitted that he had a knife on the floorboard of the driver’s side of the vehicle.
The shooting sparked outrage and a new wave protests across a country already marching for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others.
On Friday, Jacob Blake appeared via video feed for Kenosha County court. He Plead not guilty to three charges of 3rd-degree sexual assault, criminal trespass, and disorderly conduct, after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.
A $10,000 bond was issued for Blake during the court appearance. The court also ordered him not to go to the victim’s house, not to have a weapon, and he can only leave Wisconsin for medical treatment if necessary. Jury selection begins November 9th.
All three police officers who were on the call have been placed on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
According to the state agency, the cops were called to the house because a woman reported her boyfriend was there and he wasn’t supposed to be on the premises. Blake was forbidden from going to the Woman’s Kenosha house as she was an alleged victim from a May 3 incident. The officers had been aware there was an open warrant for Blake, according to dispatch records.