Jacob Blake’s message from hospital bed: ‘Life can be taken from you’

Video above: My son is optimistic about future, Blake’s father says.Jacob Blake recorded a message from his bed at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The message was posted on Ben Crump’s Twitter account on Saturday. Crump is Blake’s attorney.”There’s a lot more life to live,” Blake said in the one-minute message. “Your life, and your legs, something you need to move around and move forward in life can be taken from you like this.”A Kenosha police officer fired seven times at Blake’s back on Aug. 23 after he walked away from the officer and two others who were trying to arrest him. The officer, Rusten Sheskey, opened fire after Blake opened his own SUV’s driver-side door and leaned into the vehicle. The shooting was captured on video and posted online, sparking several nights of protests and unrest in Kenosha, a city of about 100,000 between Milwaukee and Chicago.Sheskey and the other officers who were at the scene were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. None of them have been charged.The state Justice Department has said a knife was recovered from Blake’s vehicle, but it has not said whether he was holding it when officers tried to arrest him.In the video from Blake’s hospital room, he says he is in constant pain from the shooting. Doctors fear it could leave him paralyzed from the waist down.This is the second time Blake has been seen since the shooting. He appeared virtually in a Kenosha County courtroom on Friday for previous charges.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Video above: My son is optimistic about future, Blake’s father says.

Jacob Blake recorded a message from his bed at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The message was posted on Ben Crump’s Twitter account on Saturday. Crump is Blake’s attorney.

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“There’s a lot more life to live,” Blake said in the one-minute message. “Your life, and your legs, something you need to move around and move forward in life can be taken from you like this.”

A Kenosha police officer fired seven times at Blake’s back on Aug. 23 after he walked away from the officer and two others who were trying to arrest him. The officer, Rusten Sheskey, opened fire after Blake opened his own SUV’s driver-side door and leaned into the vehicle. The shooting was captured on video and posted online, sparking several nights of protests and unrest in Kenosha, a city of about 100,000 between Milwaukee and Chicago.

Sheskey and the other officers who were at the scene were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. None of them have been charged.

The state Justice Department has said a knife was recovered from Blake’s vehicle, but it has not said whether he was holding it when officers tried to arrest him.

In the video from Blake’s hospital room, he says he is in constant pain from the shooting. Doctors fear it could leave him paralyzed from the waist down.

This is the second time Blake has been seen since the shooting. He appeared virtually in a Kenosha County courtroom on Friday for previous charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.