Jacob Blake: Father Says Shotgun in Wisconsin “Paralyzed”


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The black man repeatedly shot in the back by Wisconsin police officers is paralyzed from waist to toe, his father said.

Jacob Blake, 29, was shot several times as he walked to a car and opened his door in Kenosha town on Sunday.

The shooting sparked two nights of protests in the city, with buildings and cars set on fire.

His father has now told an American newspaper that his son is paralyzed – although doctors do not know if this is permanent.

Jacob Blake Snr told the Chicago Sun Times that his son had “eight holes” in his body.

“What justified all these blows?” His father asked. “What was the rationale for doing this in front of my grandsons?” What do we do? ”

Video footage of Mr Blake’s shooting, taken across the street and shared on social media, shows the father of three leaning in the car and an officer grabbing his shirt, with seven shots heard .

Police said they were responding to a domestic incident, but it is not yet clear who called the police and what happened before the video recording began.

The shooting comes as the United States grapples with the treatment of African Americans at the hands of American law enforcement, as well as broader questions about racism in society, following the murder of another black man, George Floyd, in May.

Mr. Floyd’s death sparked protests across the country.

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Media legendJacob Blake shooting by US police sparks protests in Wisconsin

People took to the streets of Kenosha in the hours following the shooting on Sunday, with hundreds marching to police headquarters. Cars were subsequently set on fire, and police urged 24-hour businesses to consider closing due to “numerous” calls about armed robberies and gunfire.

Governor Tony Evers called the National Guard to assist local police on Monday, with a curfew imposed from 8:00 p.m. local time (01:00 GMT) to 7:00 a.m. Tuesday.

But some ignored the curfew, and police used tear gas to try to force protesters – some of whom were throwing water bottles – to disperse.

What do we know about the shoot?

The Kenosha Police Department said the “officer involved in a shooting” occurred after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. He added that officers provided “immediate assistance” to Mr. Blake, who was taken to a Milwaukee hospital in serious condition.

The person who shot the video, Raysean White, said that before he started taking it he saw the police fighting Mr Blake. He said the police had hit and tasered Mr. Blake.

“Jacob kind of leaned over the car and they started beating him towards the back of the car and he went to the other side,” White told CNN.

It was then that he started recording. Mr. Blake is shown walking around the front of the SUV. The two agents closest to Mr. Blake at this point in the video are white men.

As he opens the door and leans into the car, an officer can be seen grabbing his shirt and opening fire. Seven gunshots can be heard in the video, as witnesses scream and scream.

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Wisconsin Department of Justice investigating incident

Police said officers responded to a “domestic incident” but gave no details of what led to the shooting. They did not say how many officers were involved and no names were given.

Kenosha Police do not have body cameras, although they do have microphones.


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