Jacob Blake’s mother begged rioters to stop the looting and violence in the wake of her son’s police shooting in Wisconsin, saying her family is “quite frankly disgusted” with the civil unrest.
The New York Post Reports:
Julia Jackson’s plea came Tuesday night as she told CNN’s Don Lemon that she didn’t condone the turmoil that’s unfolded in Kenosha.
“My family and I are very hurt. And quite frankly disgusted,” Jackson said, while flanked by her husband, Jacob Blake Sr. “And as his mother, please don’t burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son’s name.
“People shouldn’t do it anyway, but to use my child or any other mother or father’s child, our tragedy — to react in that manner is just not acceptable. And it’s not helping Jacob. It’s not helping Jacob or any other of the men or women who has suffered in these areas.”
Jackson also shared her exchange with her son while visiting him in the hospital for the first time.
“He looked at me and just kind of cried and kept saying, ‘Mom, I’m sorry. I’m sorry,’” Jackson recalled. “Like what are you saying sorry for? Did you shoot yourself in the back?”
He also told her, “I don’t want to be a burden on anybody. I want my babies and call my boss.”
“So I comforted him and tried to redirect his focus,” Jackson said.
Chaos erupted in the southern Wisconsin city overnight, leaving at least two dead and another injured in a shooting that was caught on camera.
Looting and violence have erupted in Kenosha since Sunday, when police officers shot Blake seven times as he was getting into his car.
Video shows the 29-year-old father of six struggling with police officers just before the shooting — which happened in front of his three young sons, who were inside the car.
He was left paralyzed from the waist down and underwent a lengthy surgery Tuesday night, Jackson said.
The family’s lawyer said it would take a “miracle” for Blake to walk again.
From The New York Post