Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Jacob Blake's father says he is now paralyzed from waist down; doctors don't know if paralysis will be permanent

From The Journal Times.com:


kENOSHA  — Jacob Blake's father says he is now paralyzed from the waist down, though doctors don't know if the paralysis will be permanent.
His father, also named Jacob Blake, told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was told his son was shot eight times during the Sunday evening confrontation with police, which was captured on cellphone video and led to two nights of unrest in the city between Milwaukee and Chicago.
The father, who was driving from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Kenosha to be with his son, told the newspaper that he learned Sunday night that officers had shot his son eight times and that he saw the video of it online a few minutes later.
He said his son now has “eight holes” in his body,and is now paralyzed from the waist down. 
Anger over the shooting of a Black man by police spilled into the streets of Kenosha for a second night Monday, with police again firing tear gas at hundreds of protesters who defied a curfew, threw bottles and shot fireworks at law enforcement guarding the courthouse.
The southeastern Wisconsin city became the nation's latest flashpoint in a summer of racial unrest after cellphone footage of police shooting Blake — apparently in the back as he leaned into his SUV while his three children sat in the vehicle — circulated widely on social media. The 29-year-old was hospitalized in serious condition.
Whatever happened to when a cop says, "Stop!" you stop?  Well, I'm sure that more violence, rioting and looting will heal Jacob's wounds.

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