Jacob Blake, a man shot multiple times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been paralyzed and his family is hoping for “a miracle,” their attorneys said.
“It’s going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake Jr. to ever walk again,” Benjamin Crump told reporters.
The 29-year-old Black man was undergoing surgery Tuesday afternoon, two days after police shot him at close range as he tried to enter an SUV. In the vehicle were his 3-, 5- and 8-year-old sons, Crump had said.
Blake’s father described the shooting as a “senseless attempted murder.”
“They shot my son seven times … seven times like he didn’t matter, but my son matters,” Jacob Blake Sr. said. “He’s a human being and he matters.”
Blake suffered multiple injuries, including a gunshot wound to one arm, damage to his kidney, liver and spinal cord, said Patrick Salvi Jr., another family attorney.
“He had a bullet go through some or all of his spinal cord, at least one bullet. He has holes in his stomach. He had to have nearly his entire colon and small intestines removed,” Salvi added, saying the family will file a civil lawsuit against the police department over the shooting.
A new 24-second video obtained by CNN shows Blake struggling with police officers near the back of his SUV as a group of individuals surrounds them. Blake then walks around the front of the vehicle followed by two officers and approaches the driver’s door moments before the shooting, according to the video.
It’s unclear what prompted the interaction but the video shows a new vantage point of the moments before the shooting.
“All my grandson asks repeatedly is ‘Why did police shoot my daddy in the back?’” Jacob Blake Sr. told reporters.
The shooting has spurred protests and unrest in the state, prompting Gov. Tony Evers to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday and the deployment of an additional 125 Wisconsin National Guard troops to Kenosha.
Ahead of an expected new round of protests, Kenosha County declared another state of emergency curfew from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday. Sheriff David Beth asked “the public to stay off the streets for their safety.”
‘No one is superior to the other,’ Blake’s mom says
After demonstrators torched cars and set buildings ablaze on Monday night, Blake’s mother called for peaceful protests and said her son would not be pleased with “the violence and the destruction.”
Julia Jackson said the damage in the city from the unrest “doesn’t reflect my son or my family.”
She asked for prayers not only for her son but for healing across the country.
“Clearly you can see right now that I have beautiful brown skin but take a look at your hand and whatever shade it is, it is beautiful as well,” Jackson said. “How dare we hate what we are. We are humans.”
“No one is superior to the other. The only supreme being is God himself. Please let’s begin to pray for healing for our nation. We are the United States, have we been united?,” she added.
Only police reform will stop protests, Crump says
Enraged protesters poured onto the streets Sunday evening after video of the shooting circulated on social media.
In it, two officers trail a step or two behind Jacob Blake as he walks around a gray SUV. As he reaches the driver door and opens it, the nearest officer grabs the tail of Blake’s tank top, and seven shots are heard, followed by a sustained sound of a car horn as Blake collapses into the car.