Jacob Blake is paralyzed from waist down after Kenosha shooting

(BBC) – The black man shot many times in the back by Wisconsin police officers is paralysed from the waist down, his father has said.

Jacob Blake, 29, was shot several times as he went to a car and opened its door in the city of Kenosha on Sunday.

The shooting sparked two nights of protests in the city, with buildings and cars set alight.

His father has now told a US newspaper that his son is paralysed – although doctors do not know if it is permanent.

Jacob Blake Snr told the Chicago Sun Times his son had “eight holes” in his body.

“What justified all those shots?” his father asked. “What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing?”

Video footage of Mr Blake’s shooting, taken from across the street and shared on social media, shows the father-of-three leaning into the car and an officer grabbing his shirt, with seven shots heard.

Police said they were responding to a domestic incident, but it is so far unclear who called police and what happened before the video recording began.

The shooting comes as the US grapples with the treatment of African-Americans at the hands US law enforcement, as well as wider questions about racism in society, following the killing of another black man, George Floyd, in May.

Mr Floyd’s death sparked protests around the country.

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