Jacob Blake has spoken for the first time as he continues to recover from injuries inflicted when police shot him seven times in an incident that shocked the world last month.
The 29-year-old was fired on by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on 23 August as he was attempting to enter his car – which contained three of his young children.
The father-of-six has staples in his back and stomach and is feared to be paralysed from the waist down for life following the shock incident – that has sparked further protests in the USA.
Lawyer Ben Crump shared footage on Saturday night showing Mr Blake speaking from hospital.
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 6, 2020
Releasing the footage on social media, Mr Crump tweeted: “#JacobBlake released this powerful video message from his hospital bed today, reminding everyone just how precious life is. #JusticeForJacobBlake.”
Speaking from his hospital bed, Mr Blake said: “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.”
Delivering an inspiring an positive message despite his horrific circumstances, Mr Blake advised other members of the public to appreciate their lives and good health.
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 [snapping his fingers].
He added: “Stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out there, man, because there’s so much time that’s been wasted.”
Mr Blake was shot at by an officer named Rusten Sheskey during a botched arrest last month – with the police officer opening fire when the young father opened the door of his car and leant in to the vehicle.
Of the seven shots that were fired, four are reported to have hit Mr Blake.
The shock shooting was captured on film – with footage quickly going viral online and sparking outrage.
Officer Sheskey and the other officers who were on the scene have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.