*Video of Jacob Blake speaking from his hospital bed was released over the weekend by his family’s lawyer Benjamin Crump.
“Twenty-four hours, every 24 hours it’s pain, nothing but pain. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side-to-side, it hurts to eat,” said the 29-year-old father of six, who was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha, WI police officer on Aug. 23. The shooting has left him with staples in his stomach and back, and paralyzed from the waist down.
“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,” Blake said, snapping his fingers. He added: “Stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out there, man, because there’s so much time that’s been wasted.”