On Saturday, Jacob Blake, Black man shot by a police officer in Kenosha, Michigan–delivered a heartfelt message from his hospital bed. As he spoke, he reminded us all that “it’s a lot more life to live.” He also expressed that we shouldn’t take things for granted.
Blake stated, “It’s a lot more life to live out here, man. Your life and not only your life. Your legs–something that you need to move around and move forward in life– can be taken from you,” Blake stated.
He also revealed that he was in pain constant pain and that it even hurts him to eat.
“It hurts to breathe. It hurts to eat. It hurts to move from side-to-side. Please, I’m telling you change y’all lives out there.”
As previously mentioned, during an attempt to arrest Jacob, Rusten Sheskey deployed a taser. Once that attempt failed, Vincent Arenas made a second attempt as he deployed his taser. That is when the viral video showed Sheskey grabbing and shooting Jacob 7 times in his back. The other identified officer that was at the scene was Brittany Meronek.
Rusten Sheskey has been an officer with the Kenosha Police Department for 7 years, Vincent Arenas joined in February 2019, and Brittany Meronek joined in January of this year.
You may recall that Jacob was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer as he was entering his car, after reportedly breaking up a fight. It’s also reported that he is now paralyzed from the waist down, according to his father.
It was also reported that Blake was paralyzed from the waist down, as a result of the shooting.
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