Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, delivered a message to supporters Saturday from his hospital bed.
Blake said in a video shared on social media by his lawyer, Benjamin Crump, that he has “a lot more life to live” despite his life-altering injuries.
“Your life, and not only just your life, your legs – something you need to move around and move forward in life – can be taken from you like this,” he said snapping his fingers. “I got staples in my back, staples in my damn stomach. You don’t want to have to deal with this.”
Blake, wearing a hospital gown, said he experiences pain constantly.
“It hurts to breathe,” he said. “It hurts to sleep.”
Although Crump shared the video, it was not entirely clear who recorded it, and NBC