Jacob Blake sends message to hospital supporters


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Jacob Blake said he was in pain around the clock

Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot seven times by a white police officer in the U.S. state of Wisconsin last month, said he was in constant pain in a video uploaded.

Mr Blake, who his family says may now be paralyzed from the waist up, also took a note of hope, saying there was “a lot more life to live”.

The 29-year-old was shot in the back while under arrest.

The incident reignited protests against racism and police brutality in the United States.

Some of the protests in Kenosha, the town where Mr. Blake was shot, turned violent and two people were killed.

An investigation into Mr. Blake’s shooting continues.

Meanwhile, Mr Blake appeared in court on Friday, pleading not guilty to the criminal charges filed before the shooting.

What did Mr. Blake say?

In a video posted to Twitter by his family’s lawyer, Mr Blake – still in his hospital bed – spoke of the pain he was suffering.

“Every 24 hours it’s pain, just pain. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move side to side, it hurts to eat, ”he said.

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“Your life, and not just your life, your legs, something you need to move and get on in life, can be taken away from you like this,” he said, snapping his fingers.

“Stay together, make money, make it easier for our people over there, man, because there is so much time that has been wasted,” he added.

How did the shooting go?

A police officer shot Mr Blake as he tried to stop him as he tried to get into a car where his three children were sitting.

Mr Blake was unarmed when he was shot but a knife was later found in his car by investigators.

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Videos of the shooting, which were uploaded online, sparked a series of protests in Kenosha, which turned violent at times. Two protesters were killed amid widespread looting and vandalism. A 17-year-old has been charged with the death.

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden have since visited the city.

Mr Biden spoke to Mr Blake on the phone and met his relatives. He demanded that the officer who shot him in the back be arrested.

The president did not meet with Mr Blake’s family, saying it was because they wanted lawyers present.

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