Jacob Blake, shot by Kenosha police, is discharged from hospital, his uncle says

Justin Blake holds the hand of Letetra Widman at a Kenosha, Wis., rally.
Jacob Blake’s sister Letetra Widman, center, and uncle Justin Blake, left, march Aug. 29 at a rally in Kenosha, Wis.
(Morry Gash / Associated Press)

Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old Black man left paralyzed after he was shot in the back by a Kenosha police officer in August, was discharged from a Milwaukee hospital. He’s now undergoing treatment at an Illinois rehabilitation clinic.

Blake’s uncle Justin Blake told the Associated Press that his nephew was discharged “about a week ago.” He declined to be more specific about where Jacob was being treated, citing threats to the Blake family since the shooting.

“He’s doing well,” Justin Blake said. “He’s getting mentally stronger and physically stronger. ... He’s still paralyzed. He’s entering therapy at a rehab center, trying to get his strength and body in whatever best condition that is to push forward.”


CNN first reported Blake’s release, with attorney Patrick Cafferty saying he was being treated at a spinal injury center in Chicago. He declined to give more details and his office referred AP’s calls to another law firm handling Blake’s case that didn’t immediately return a message.

Justin Blake said his nephew was an inpatient at the rehabilitation center.

Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times Aug. 23 after walking away from an officer and two others who were trying to arrest him. The officer, Rusten Sheskey, shot Blake after Blake opened an SUV’s driver-side door and leaned into the vehicle. Three of Blake’s children were in the back seat. The shooting was captured on video that circulated quickly online, fueling protests hours later.

Lying in his hospital bed, Jacob Blake has spoken publicly for the first time since a Kenosha, Wis., police officer shot him seven times in the back.

Sept. 7, 2020

Kenosha County’s district attorney is awaiting a report from an outside expert, former Madison, Wis. Police Chief Noble Wray, before making a decision on whether officers should be charged in the shooting.