Jacob Blake released from hospital, transferred to spinal cord rehab center in Chicago

Bruce Vielmetti
 
| Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Jacob Blake speaks from hospital bed: Life can change in an instant

Jacob Blake delivered the minute-long video from his hospital bed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE – Jacob Blake, whose shooting by a Kenosha police officer led to unrest in the city and sparked protests around the nation, has left the Wisconsin hospital where he’d been recovering and moved to a spinal cord injury rehabilitation center in Chicago.

Attorney Patrick Cafferty, who represents Blake on potential criminal charges, said he had no other details about Blake’s condition.

Messages to Blake’s other lawyer, nationally known civil rights attorney Ben Crump, were not immediately returned Wednesday.

Blake, 29, was shot in the back multiple times as he was getting into a car Aug. 23 as police with guns drawn were ordering him to stop.

An attorney for Officer Rusten Sheskey, who fired seven times at Blake, has said Blake had a knife, and appeared to be preparing to drive away with his three children in the car. Sheskey is on administrative leave while the state Department of Justice investigates the shooting. Former Madison police chief Noble Wray has been hired by the DOJ to review its findings.

Background: Jacob Blake was shot less than 3 minutes after Wisconsin police arrived at the scene, according to dispatch audio

Crump has said his client was unarmed and was paralyzed from the waist down by the shooting. Blake had been at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, for treatment until his transfer.

Follow reporter Bruce Vielmetti on Twitter at @ProofHearsay.

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