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Jacob Blake Has Finally Been Released From The Hospital 6 Weeks After Being Shot Multiple Times By Police

October 7, 2020.

As protests over the shootings and deaths of Black Americans continue to take place across the country, one survivor of police violence is speaking out.

Jacob Blake, who was shot by police in the back seven times, is now paralyzed from the waist down. However, despite his heartbreaking story, he is using his voice to speak out amidst the violence and is offering an uplifting and encouraging message to those who are supporting him.

Despite being in extreme pain – which he details in the video – Blake appears to be in good spirits and hopes to help create change with his story of survival.

According to Blake’s attorney, Blake has been moved to a spinal injury rehabilitation center.

Patrick Cafferty, Blake’s attorney, told CNN in an interview that he was moved to “a spinal injury rehabilitation center in Chicago. Cafferty asserted that he is unable to provide additional information about his progress at this time. Cafferty declined to share when Blake actually left the hospital or how long he will be in rehab.

Jacob Blake spoke out from his hospital bed in September to share a message that is simple.

A video was posted this weekend by Blake’s family attorney, Ben Crump, which appears to have been filmed by a friend of his named Mike. It shows Jacob lying in his hospital gown and addressing the camera — sharp, alert and precise with his words.

He tells anybody who might not be living right to turn things around, as he assures them they don’t wanna end up like him, with unbearable pain, which he documents in great detail. He also addresses the African-American community at large — and it’s very uplifting.

Blake also spoke of the pain he was suffering. “Every 24 hours it’s pain, nothing but pain. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side to side, it hurts to eat,” he said.

“Your life, and not only just your life, your legs, something you need to move around and forward in life, can be taken from you like this,” he said, clicking his fingers.

“Stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out there, man, because there’s so much time that’s been wasted,” he added.

Blake is paralyzed from the waist down after a white police officer shot him in the back, seven times.

A white police officer shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times while trying to arrest him, as he tried to get into a car. The shooting happened just inches away from his children, who watched what happened in horror.

Blake was not armed when he was shot and the footage of the incident paints a damning picture of police brutality.

Videos of the shooting, which were uploaded online, sparked a series of protests in Kenosha, which turned violent at points. Two protesters were killed amid widespread looting and vandalism. A 17-year-old has been charged over the deaths. 

Both President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden have since visited the city. Mr. Biden spoke over the phone with Mr Blake and met his relatives. He has called for the officer who shot him in the back to be arrested.

Blake made his first court appearance since the shooting last month during a Zoom hearing.

At the time, Blake pled not guilty to three charges from his hospital bed. Blake answered to a criminal complaint that was filed prior to the shooting. One of which accuses Blake of third-degree sexual assault which is a felony charge. He is also charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Both of which are misdemeanors.

Blake faces up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted of the felony sexual assault charge.

According to the criminal complaint, in May, Blake unlawfully entered a home and sexually assaulted a woman in her bedroom. He then fled the scene with her vehicle. According to reports, the alleged victim told police that Blake had physically assaulted on various occasions over the past eight years. The complaint was filed in July.

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