A police officer shot him several times in the back, and now African American Jacob Blake is turning to the Americans. He calls for unity in an emotional video from the hospital.
African American Jacob Blake, seriously injured by police shots in the city of Kenosha, has addressed the audience from his bed. “It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to turn side to side, it hurts to eat,” he said in a video message released Saturday by his lawyer Ben Crump. You can see his statement in the video or above here in full length.
The 29-year-old family man was shot several times in the back by a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States, in front of three of his children on August 23. He is currently paralyzed from the waist down. It is unclear whether he will ever be able to walk again.
“Your legs can be taken off you like this”
He has braces in the abdomen and back, Blake said in the video that hundreds of thousands of people saw on the online service Twitter. “Pain for 24 hours, nothing but pain,” he added. “Your life and not just your life, your legs could be stolen from you too, man,” Blake said with a snap of his finger.
Yet the young man was also optimistic: “There is still much life to live.” He called on people to change their lives. “We can stay together, get some money together and make it easier for our people out there, man, because so much time has been wasted.”
The renewed case of police brutality against African Americans sparked nationwide demonstrations, some of which turned into violence. Two people were shot on the sidelines of the protests and a 17-year-old white man was arrested as a suspect.
The subject has now also reached the American election campaign. Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke to Blake on the phone and met Blake’s family. However, US President Donald Trump did not meet Blake’s family while visiting Kenosha and did not mention Jacob Blake’s name. Instead, the Republican used the controversial visit to reinstate himself as the “President of Law and Order.”