Thursday, January 27, 2022

Father of Jacob Blake Says He’s ‘Paralyzed From Waist Down’ Following Wisconsin Police Shooting [VIDEO]

*Multiple fires continue to burn in Kenosha, Wisconsin amid protests over the police shooting yet another unarmed Black man. 

EURweb previously reported… 29-year-old Jacob Blake is fighting for his life in a hospital, and a white Kenosha, WI, police officer is under investigation after being captured on camera firing at least seven shots into the man’s back, sparking more protests against overzealous police, brutality and excessive use of force. 

Video of the Aug 23 incident shows three officers standing with the man before he walks away from them toward the driver’s side of his car. An officer with his gun drawn follows Blake, then grabs the back of his shirt while firing multiple shots into his back. The victim appears to go limp in the vehicle, the car horn blaring. The injured man is then seen lying on the ground surrounded by four officers who appear to be giving him aid.

Watch the disturbing clip above. 

READ MORE: Wisconsin Cop Shoots Black Man in the Back as His Children Watch, Attorney Says (Video)

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Police responded to the second night of protests on Monday by firing tear gas at hundreds of angry demonstrators who defied a curfew, threw bottles and shot fireworks at law enforcement in riot gear guarding the courthouse, per CBS Milwaukee affiliate WDJT-TV.

Democratic Governor Tony Evers condemned the shooting, and reportedly called out 125 members of the National Guard after protesters set cars on fire and clashed with officers. 

“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,” said Evers. 

The shooting happened Sunday evening and was captured on camera by a witness from across the street, and footage was posted online. 

Blake’s family reached out to famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump for assistance. Crump told CNN that Blake’s three young sons were in the car when he was shot.

“They saw a cop shoot their father. They will be traumatized forever. We cannot let officers violate their duty to PROTECT us. Our kids deserve better!!” Crump said in a post on Twitter.

According to a Chicago Sun-Times reports, Blakes’s father says his son is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the shooting.

WATCH:

Here’s more from CBS

An eyewitness who captured video of the shooting told CBS News that before he started filming, one officer had Blake in a headlock and another was punching him in the ribs. A female officer tased Blake, the witness said. 

The witness added that Blake scuffled with police before the shooting and that he heard an officer tell Blake to “drop the knife” — although the witness said he never saw Blake holding a knife.

The governor said he’d 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.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said the officers “must be held accountable.”

“This morning, the nation wakes up yet again with grief and outrage that yet another Black American is a victim of excessive force,” he said, just over two months before Election Day in a country already roiled by the recent deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. “Those shots pierce the soul of our nation.”

The officers involved with the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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