Family of Jacob Blake, the man shot by a Kenosha Police officer Sunday spoke to a crowd of people in Civic Canter Park Tuesday afternoon.
Flanked by attorneys and family members, Jacob Blake’s mother offered an emotional appeal for calm.
“I noticed a lot of damage that doesn't reflect my son or my family…So I’m really asking and encouraging everyone in Wisconsin and abroad to take a moment and examine your heart,s” said Julia Jackson.
Jackson said she visited with her son in a Milwaukee hospital today, and he doesn’t understand what’s happened in the wake of the shooting Sunday.
She said he told her, “I don’t want a burden on anyone. I want to be with my children, and I don’t think I am going to walk again mom.”
Blake family attorney’s said he suffered a severed spinal cord and shattered vertebrae which has left him paralyzed, at least temporarily.
“It is going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake Jr. to ever walk again” said attorney Benjamin Crump.
Blake’s sisters spoke to reporters about their close relationship and their fight for justice.
“This is nothing new. I'm not sad. I'm not sorry. I'm angry, and I'm tired… I’ve been watching police murder people who look like me for years” said one of his sisters.
Attorney’s said the family will be fling a civil lawsuit against the city to ensure that Jacob gets the proper care in the hospital. The Wisconsin Department of Justice is handling the investigation but has released little information since Sunday.