Watch: Jacob Blake Sends A Message To Young People From His Hospital Bed
Previously we heard from Jacob Blakes' mother who scolded rioters for destroying Kenosha Wisconsin in her son's name. Now, Blake himself is speaking out in hopes he might change the fate for the destructive youth of today. The 29-year-old was shot during an altercation with police officers. A bullet severed Blakes' spinal cord and left him paralyzed.
After the shooting, and before the facts were out, rioters hit the streets in the same destructive way we've witnessed all over the nation:
“I just wanna say, man, to all the young cats out there, and even the older ones, older than me, there’s a lot more life to live out here, man,” he says in the video, which was posted to social media.
“Your life,” he continued, snapping his fingers, “and not only just your life, your legs — something that you need to move around and to move forward in life — can be taken from you like this, man.”
“And I promise you, the type of s*** that you’ll go through — staples, I got staples in my back, staples in my damn stomach — you do not wanna have to deal with this s***, man. Twenty-four hours, every 24 hours, it’s pain, it’s nothing but pain. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side to side, it hurts to eat,” he added.
“Please, I’m telling you, change your lives, out there” Blake pleaded. “We can stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out here, man, because it’s so much time that has been wasted.”
During an attempted arrest last month, Kenosha police shot Blake seven times after he opened his car door and reached inside the vehicle during an attempted arrest, media reports and clips of available video indicate. Officers were initially called on the scene to respond to a domestic disturbance.
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 6, 2020
The mainstream media has given folks a false sense that it's acceptable to grapple with officers and ignore or disregard their authority completely. While I can almost guarantee no officer sets out on their day planning on shooting someone, they do have a right to protect themselves. Waiving a knife around while scrapping with officers is clearly a good way to test that theory.