Jacob Blake is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday (Aug. 23), his father told The Chicago Sun-Times. According to the outlet, Blake sustained eight gunshot wounds from the shooting. Doctors do not know yet whether his paralyzation will be permanent.
Blake’s father told the outlet that his son had been preparing to celebrate his own son’s eighth birthday on Sunday (Aug. 23). His father drove up to be with Blake in the hospital on Tuesday morning (Aug. 25).
“I want to put my hand on my son’s cheek and kiss him on his forehead, and then I’ll be ok,” his father told the outlet. “I’ll kiss him with my mask. The first thing I want to do is touch my son.”
On Sunday evening (Aug. 23), Blake’s father heard that his son had been shot by police after breaking up a fight. Soon after, he watched the graphic video, which showed Blake being shot several times in the back by cops, while his young children watched the horrific scene from the car.
“What justified all those shots?” his father asked. “What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing?”
Blake’s fiancé Laquisha Booker previously confirmed to WTMJ-TV that their three children were in the backseat of the car when police shot him. The Sun-Times reports that a witness heard cops say Blake had a knife. However, the witness did not see a knife and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said on Monday (Aug. 4) that there is no evidence to suggest Blake had any weapon.
As reported by REVOLT, Gov. Evers deployed the National Guard in Kenosha to curb protests on Monday night (Aug. 24) after two days of city-wide curfews. The Sun-Times reports that peaceful demonstrations were held on Monday evening, but that protests became violent after dark.
“Those police officers that shot my son like a dog in the street are responsible for everything that has happened in the city of Kenosha,” Blake’s father said. “My son is not responsible for it. My son didn’t have a weapon. He didn’t have a gun.”
Blake’s shooting is currently under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation.