Jacob Blake left paralyzed after shot from behind by police, father says

The 29-year-old's father, whose name is also Jacob Blake, says his son has 'eight holes' in his body

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Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot from behind by police on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin in front of his children, is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Blake’s father, whose name is also Jacob Blake, told the Chicago Sun-Times that his 29-year-old was shot eight times during the harrowing encounter with law enforcement that was caught on video by a bystander.

READ MORE: Wisconsin police shoot Black man several times from behind, sparking protests

The elder Blake said that his son had “eight holes” in his body. Doctors said they do not know if the younger Blake’s paralysis will be permanent.

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Demonstrations in Kenosha continued in the second night of unrest over Blake’s shooting and ongoing police brutality in Wisconsin and across the nation.

Parked vehicles close to the courthouse were set on fire and videos of damaged shops were shared on social media. A mattress store was broken into, and banks and offices were damaged as well. 

On Monday, buildings and cars were burned but the extent of the damage is still undetermined as of Tuesday morning, Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig told NBC News.

However, The New York Times reported that property damages were limited to a relatively small area of the city of 100,000 people.

A police armored vehicle patrols an intersection on August 24, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This is the second night of rioting after the shooting of Jacob Blake, 29, on August 23. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

The shooting of Blake is being compared to George Floyd who was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis three months ago.

READ MORE: NBA, NFL on the Jacob Blake shooting: ‘Why does this keep happening?’

Tear gas fills the air in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse as demonstrators clash with police during the second night of rioting on August 24, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rioting, as well as clashes between police and protesters, began Sunday night after a police officer shot Jacob Blake 7 times in the back in front of his three children. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

On Monday, Governor Tony Evers deployed the National Guard to assist law enforcement after dump trucks were set on fire.

Police officers were also targeted near the courthouse, getting objects thrown at them as protesters chanted “Justice for Jacob” and “No justice, no peace.”

An 8 p.m., a curfew was put in place and when protesters refused to leave the courthouse, tear gas was deployed about an hour curfew went into effect, WTMJ, an NBC News affiliate, reported.

As theGrio previously reported, Blake was trying to break up a fight between two women before he was gunned down by one of the responding officers as he tried getting inside his SUV.

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