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Jacob Blake is out of the hospital, attorney says

Jacob Blake provides update from hospital bed, says he's in constant pain
Posted at 8:18 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 15:38:51-04

MILWAUKEE — Jacob Blake is out of the hospital and in a rehabilitation center, his attorney tells TMJ4 News.

Blake was in Froedtert Hospital since Aug. 23, when Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey fired seven rounds into Blake's back.

Blake’s uncle, Justin Blake, tells the Associated Press that Blake was discharged from Froedtert “about a week ago.”

Blake's family said he had been paralyzed from the waist down. It appears his condition has improved somewhat, as it is now recovering in an unidentified rehabilitation center in Illinois.

Blake was initially handcuffed to his hospital bed at Froedtert. Police said at the time that the handcuffs were necessary because Blake still had an outstanding warrant on him. After he posted bond and with the help of local lawmakers, the handcuffs were removed, and the police officers guarding his door left.

Officer Sheskey has not been charged in the shooting. Sheskey's attorney says Sheskey believed at the time that Blake may have been trying to drive off with a woman's child.

Officers were initially called to a domestic incident. There, they attempted to arrest Blake on an outstanding warrant for third degree sexual assault charges. Blake tried to get into his car, when the officer fired his service gun into Blake's back.

The police shooting quickly became national news as protests erupted in Kenosha and across the U.S.

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