THE father of Jacob Blake, a black man whose shooting by a police officer in Wisconsin caused nights of unrest, said that his son has been handcuffed to his hospital bed despite being paralyzed from the incident.
Blake, 29, was shot seven times by Officer Rusten Sheskey, 31, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, reportedly leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
Blake's father, also named Jacob Blake, said he visited his son in on Wednesday.
The elder Blake said: “I hate it that he was laying in that bed with the handcuff onto the bed.
“He can’t go anywhere. Why do you have him cuffed to the bed?”
Blake also questioned why his son had been arrested.
The 29-year-old's shooting has caused nights of protests in the city of Kenosha, where three people were shot on Tuesday night, two fatally.
"HE CAN'T GO ANYWHERE"
Those shootings were allegedly carried out by a 17-year-old vigilante, Kyle Rittenhouse, who came to the city from neighboring Illinois.
Rittenhouse was arrest on Wednesday and charged with first-degree intentional homicide.
Blake’s father said he hasn’t heard from the police department or Mayor John Antaramian – though Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has reached out, he said.
Speaking later on Thursday afternoon, Evers said he was concerned about the prospect of Blake behind handcuffed.
"Hell yes," he responded, adding, "“I would have no personal understanding why that would be necessary.
He added: “I can’t imagine why that’s happening and I would hope that we would be able to find a… better way to have him get better and recover.”
Blake senior said that when he last visit his son, the younger Blake told his father he could feel pain in his legs.
However, the 29-year-old's father said he was not convinced the pain his son was feeling was in that part of his body.
Blake as thought he was hallucinating when he saw his father appear in his hospital ward, the older Blake said.
His father said: "I told him, ‘You thought Daddy wasn’t going to see my son?’
“He grabbed my hand, held it real tight and started weeping, telling me how much he loved me.”
Blake described seeing his son as like walking across a desert and finding a glass of water.
“It was way more than fulfilling,” his father said. “It was a feeling I can’t describe.”
On Friday, Jacob Blake Sr. will be speaking athlete March on Washington in the nation's capital.
Blake said he would address the matter of violence in the city at the march.
On Wednesday, Wisconsin Department of Justice released a statement to say that a knife was found in the driver's side floorboard of Blake's vehicle.
The officers involved in the incident have been placed on leave, the statement added.
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