“It Hurts To Breathe,” Says Jacob Blake From Hospital Bed

Black youth was shot multiple times by police officer.

Sohil Nikam

September 7, 2020

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In a video message sent from his hospital bed, Jacob Blake, the young Black man who was shot multiple times in the back by a white police officer, said on Saturday, “It hurts to breathe.” Despite his injuries that are likely to leave him paralysed from the waist down, he said, “Your life, and not only just your life, your legs – something that you need to move around and forward in life – can be taken from you like this, man.”

Just three months after the massive protests had erupted in the United States over the death of George Floyd, Jacob Blake was shot seven or eight times by a white police officer while he was trying to get into his car on August 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Three of Blake’s sons – aged three, five and eight – were in the car at the time of the shooting. The incident was filmed by bystanders and protests hit the city immediately. Two days after the incident, the protests had descended into violence, when a 17-year-old, who is a Donald Trump supporter opened fire at the protestors, killing two of them. He has been arrested by the police.

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