Jacob Blake: Black man paralysed from waist down after being repeatedly shot in back by police, father says

Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot several times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin has been left paralyzed from the waist down, his father said.

The shooting occurred at around 5pm on Sunday, August 23 in the city of Kenosha after Wisconsin cops were called to the scene due to a domestic dispute.

Video of police shooting Mr Blake as he leaned into his vehicle – apparently while three of his children were sitting in it – has been circulated widely on social media.

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Blake’s father said his son was shot eight times during a confrontation with police on Sunday evening, he said, though doctors do not know if the paralysis will be permanent.

“What justified all those shots?,” he said.

“What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing?”

He said he was driving from Charlotte, North Carolina, to be with his son in the city between Milwaukee and Chicago.

His fiancée, Laquisha Booker, described how the children were screaming as their father was shot.

Speaking to a local NBC channel, she asked why the police would shoot someone “who’s not armed, not giving you no problems”.

 

“You shot him numerous times for no reason, it didn’t take all that,” she said. “[You] disregard that my kids was in the car at all – and you knew that they were in there because I kept screaming that before y’all made it to the other side of the driver’s side to get him in the car.

 

“I’ve been yelling that the whole time, let me get my kids. So that’s not important to y’all. What’s important is killing somebody.”

 

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

 

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