Jacob Blake Released From Hospital


Jacob Blake has been released from a medical center in Wisconsin and will be admitted to a "spinal injury rehabilitation center in Chicago."

"I can't provide more details," Blake's attorney Patrick Cafferty said.

At this time, it is unclear how long he will remain in rehab. Initially, Blake's family said that he was paralyzed from the waist down, but they did not specify if his condition was permanent.

"It's going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake Jr. to ever walk again," attorney Ben Crump said.

On August 23, Blake was shot seven times during a police encounter in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Video shows multiple officers trailing Blake as he nears his car before firing seven shots. The Kenosha Professional Police Association claims that Blake put one of the officers in a headlock and that he had a knife in his hand. Blake's legal team has refuted the association's claims.

"At no point in time was Jacob's momentum toward the officers, and what you see is that the officer is pulling on his shirt and then fires those seven bullets into Jacob's back. If he was concerned that Jacob had a knife, why wouldn't he back away?" attorney Patrick Salvi Jr. asked.

After the shooting, Blake's father described the incident as a "senseless attempted murder."

"They shot my son seven times...seven times like he didn't matter, but my son matters," Jacob Blake Sr. said.

"He's a human being and he matters."

Following his hospitalization, protests emerged across the state of Wisconsin. His name would become a rallying cry alongside the likes of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Blake has remained hospitalized since August 23. Despite his physical state, he was able to deliver a message to his supporters over the summer.

"Your life and not only just your life, your legs -- something that you need to move around, to move forward in life -- can be taken like this, man," Blake said.

Officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, but are not facing criminal charges for their conduct.

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