- Jacob Blake Sr. said his son has been “shackled” to his hospital bed, despite being paralyzed from gunshot wounds
- Neither the Blake family nor their attorneys have been told why he is cuffed to the bed
- Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have contacted the Blake family to offer their support
The father of Jacob Blake said his son was cuffed to his hospital bed for several days despite being paralyzed from gunshot wounds. Jacob Blake Sr. recounted his last visit to the hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, on Wednesday.
“There was the cold steel on his ankle,” Blake Sr. told CNN Friday. “He is shackled to the bed, but he cannot get up, he could not get up, he is paralyzed.”
“He grabbed my hands and began to weep and he told me that he was having hallucinations. He said: ‘Daddy, Daddy, I love you. Why did they shoot me so many times?’ I said, ‘Baby, they were not supposed to shoot you at all.’”
Jacob Blake is recovering from the seven gunshot wounds he suffered at the hands of a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday. He suffered damage to his spinal cord, spine, stomach, kidneys and liver due to the near-point blank shots. Doctors were forced to remove most of his colon and he has no bowel or genital function.
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the Blake family, said there has been “no explanation” as to why Blake was cuffed to the bed.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers echoed the confusion, asking why it was necessary.
“I would have no personal understanding why that would be necessary,” Evers told a Thursday press conference. “I would hope that we would be able to find a more, a better way to help him in recovering. That seems counterintuitive.
“It seems to be bad medicine.”
Blake Sr. said he had been contacted by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, both of whom extended their condolences to the Blake family.
“They were so comforting that you almost forgot how the situation was really playing out,” Blake Sr. said. “It was like I was speaking to my uncle and one of my sisters — literally, literally.”
“Biden kept telling me his own issues with his family. That he identifies with what I’m going through. I didn’t have to keep telling him. He knew. It felt like he knew. It felt like they knew what was going on. And they didn’t act like they were in a hurry to go anywhere. They spent time with us. And the tears that came from [Jacob Blake’s] mother in this talk with the Bidens, that was important.”
Blake Sr. said they had not been contacted by President Donald Trump or anyone from his administration.