JACOB Blake said “every 24 hours is pain” in his first public comments since he was shot seven times in the back by cops sparking violent protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Blake, 29, has been in the hospital and was paralyzed from the waist down after he was shot by officer Rusten Sheskey.
“I just want to say, man, to all the young cats out there and even the older ones, older than me, there’s a lot more life to life,” Blake says in the video.
He continues: “Your life, and not only just your life, your legs … can be taken from you like this.”
Blake added that he has staples in his back and his stomach.
“Every 24 hours is pain. It’s nothing but pain. It hurts to breathe. It hurts to sleep. It hurts to move from side to side. It hurts to eat,” he said.
Blake also encouraged others to change their lives.
“Make some money, make everything easier for our people out here because there’s so much time that has been wasted,” he said.
The video was posted by Ben Crump, the lawyer who gained national recognition representing the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and now George Floyd.
Police say Blake was wanted for sexual assault and disorderly conduct charges when he was shot by Sheskey in front of his young children.
Crump has said Blake had broken up a fight between two women when cops responded to the scene and shot him in the back
The shocking video shows Sheskey following Blake as he walks toward his car and then firing after Blake opened the door.
Blake was handcuffed to his hospital bed for nearly a week after he was shot.
His cuffs were removed Aug. 28 and deputies stationed at the hospital were told to leave after his bail was paid.
Blake pled not guilty to his charges in court appearance Friday.
Sheskey is now on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Washinton Post reported.
The protests sparked by Blake’s shooting led to the deaths of two Black Lives Matter supporters who were allegedly shot dead by teen shooter Kyle Rittenhouse.
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