Jacob Blake’s mom says her son would hate the ‘violence and destruction’ as protests rage over his cop shooting

THE MOTHER of Jacob Blake said her son would hate the "violence and destruction" that has overtaken the city since his shooting.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Julia Jackson condemned the riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which began on Sunday night.

On Sunday evening, shocking footage emerged showing Blake, 29, being gunned down by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the shooting she said: "Citizens, police officers, firemen, clergy, politicians: do Jacob justice on this level and examine your hearts. We need healing.

"As I pray for my son's healing, physically, emotionally and spiritually, I also have been praying, even before this, for the healing of our country."

"As I drove through the city, I noticed a lot of damage. It doesn't reflect my son or my family," Ms Jackson said, holding back tears.

"If Jacob knew what was going on, as far as that goes, the violence and the destruction, he would be very unpleased.

"So I really am asking and encouraging everyone in Wisconsin and abroad to take a moment and examine your hearts."

Ms Jackson also denounced racial tensions and called for unity for all Americans.

“How dare we hate what we are. We are humans. God did not make one type of tree or flower or fish or grass or rock. How dare we you ask him to make one type of human that looks just like you,” she said.

“I am not talking to just Caucasian people. I am talking to everyone. White, black, Japanese, Chinese, red, brown. 

“No one is superior to the other. The only supreme being is God himself. Please, let's begin to pray for healing for our nation.”

Ms Jackson also revealed the first thing her son had said to her when she saw him. 

“He said ‘I don’t want to be a burden on your guys’. I want to be with my children, and I don’t think I’ll walk again.”

Peaceful protests in Kenosha soon turned to fiery looting throughout the night as the city came out in record numbers to protest.

On Tuesday night one person was killed and two others were injured during the protests.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said one victim was shot in the head and another in the chest just before midnight.

Wisconsin governor Tony Evers declared a state of emergency following Sunday night's looting and set a curfew on the city to begin at 8pm, which was not lifted until 7am the following morning.

He additionally sent the Wisconsin National Guard to Kenosha and had sheriff deputies close exits to the city.

The governor also called for a special legislative session to take up a package of police reform bills that had been introduced in June.

This comes as Jacob's father, Jacob Blake Sr said his son was "shot like a dog in the street" by police as he celebrated his son's eighth birthday.

Speaking to the Chicago-Sun Times, Jacob Blake Sr said: “Those police officers that shot my son like a dog in the street are responsible for everything that has happened in the city of Kenosha.

“My son is not responsible for it. My son didn’t have a weapon. He didn’t have a gun.”

Mr Blake added:“What justified all those shots?”

“What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing?”

Jacob was on his way to celebrate his son’s eighth birthday on Sunday, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.

Instead, the father-of-six was shot at least seven times in the back in front of his three sons, who were sitting in an SUV as he tried to enter the vehicle.

Jacob Blake Sr told the newspaper his son's body is now riddled with eight bullets.

During the press conference on Tuesday, Attorney Ben Crump confirmed Blake's medical status.

"Medical diagnosis right now is that he is paralyzed and because those bullets severed his spinal cord and shattered some of his vertebrae… it is going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake Jr to ever walk again.

"He is currently in surgery as we speak still struggling to sustain his life and to hopefully become some resemblance of the man he once was."

Attorney Patrick Salvi went on to list the injuries that Blake sustained.

Salvi said: "He had a bullet go through some or all of his spinal cord – at least one bullet.

"He has holes in his stomach. He had to have nearly his entire colon and small intestines removed. He suffered damage to his kidney and liver and was also shot in the arm.

"And so Jacob has a long road ahead of him, a lot of rehabilitation, you heard he's in surgery right now and it's not going to be his last surgery."

On August 24, Blake's family were then forced to respond to false claims that he died from his injuries.

In an emotional video posted to his Instagram Stories, Blake Sr, said there was no justification for the horrific shooting after confirming his son was "alive and stable."

"The sh** I tell y'all about it's real, man. So no matter what they say, it doesn't justify shooting my son in the back eight times," he said.

"None of that sh** is justified by what they did to my son," Blake Sr continued. "After surgery he is stable. Stable. Still here."

Likewise, Blake's fiancée, Laquisha Booker, has spoken out after Blake, 29, was shot in front of their kids.

Booker told WTMJ that she and Jacob have three children together – and they were all in the back of the truck at the time.

"That man just literally grabbed him by his shirt and looked the other way and was just shooting him," Booker said.

"With the kids in the back screaming. Screaming."

"That don't make sense that you treat somebody like that, who's not armed. He ain't throw no punch or nothing."

The Kenosha shooting comes three months after George Floyd's police custody death in Minneapolis triggered outrage and mass demonstrations across the United States.

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