Jacob Blake was paralyzed by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Aug. 23. (Courtesy photo)
Jacob Blake was paralyzed by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Aug. 23. (Courtesy photo)

Jacob Blake, the Black Wisconsin man shot Sunday in the back by a White police officer, is paralyzed from the waist down, according to a statement issued by his father, who added that doctors don’t know if his son’s injury is permanent.
Blake,29, was shot several times in front of three of his children as he was about to get into his SUV. While some people who had been standing nearby, said he had been trying to break up a fight, Blake was seen struggling with police just before he was shot in the back.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Monday there is no evidence that Blake, who has undergone multiple surgeries, was carrying a weapon and that the case remains under investigation.
“What justified all those shots?” the father said in an interview with the Sun-Times, stressing that his son had “eight holes” in his body.
“What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing,” the father said. “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,” he said. “My son is not responsible for it. My son didn’t have a weapon. He didn’t have a gun.”
Blake’s shooting has since sparked both peaceful and violent protests in the community where the shooting occurred.

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