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Hundreds join Blake family for justice rally in Kenosha

Posted at 9:56 AM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-30 14:21:13-04

KENOSHA — Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Kenosha, rallying for justice for Jacob Blake.

From men to women to children, the shooting that paralyzed Jacob Blake has caused pain.

Saturday, as he recovers, a rally was held to help emotional healing in the community.

“What gave them the right to the attempted murder of my child?” said Jacob Blake Sr. “What gave them the right to think that my son was an animal? What gave them the right to take something that was not theirs?”

You could feel Jacob Blake Sr.'s pain as he spoke out in front of hundreds of people supporting his son.

Blake Jr. has been paralyzed for nearly a week now. For much of that time, his family said he was handcuffed to his bed.

“Shackled. Shackled. Where was my son going?” Blake Sr. asked. “They already put him in the bed. What was he shackled for?”

Passion, anger, and the goal of saving black lives were channeled into energy at the "Justice for Jacob Blake" rally Saturday afternoon. Protesters took the streets once again.

“It’s like we’re fighting the civil rights movement all over again,” said Illinois resident, Scott Hill

Shanika Harris says she had to bring her boys Arlandis and Armini to the rally.

“My children have to grow up. They’re going to be black men.” Harris said.

Harris said after seeing her oldest boy Armani upset by something that happened in the community they live in - he needed to see support for black boys and black men.

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