The sister of Jacob Blake told reporters on Tuesday that even as he fights for his life with seven gunshot wounds from police officers, she isn’t sorry or sad. She is angry and tired.
“So many people have reached out to me saying they’re sorry that this has been happening to my family. Well don’t be sorry because this has been happening to my family for a long time, longer than I can account for,” Letetra Widman said Tuesday.
“I don’t want your pity. I want change.”
As he fought for his life, his family reflected on the part he has played in theirs and called for justice for the violence he suffered.
“They shot my son seven times, seven times. Like he didn’t matter. But my son matters. He’s a human being and he matters,” his father, Jacob Blake, Sr., said.
29-year-old Jacob Blake underwent a surgery for the close-range gunshot wounds he sustained as he tried to enter his SUV after attempting to break up a fight, according to family attorney Benjamin Crump. Blake’s three sons, ages 3, 5 and 8, were in the car when he was shot, Crump added.
Blake suffered multiple injuries, including a gunshot wound to one arm, damage to his kidney, liver and spinal cord, said Patrick Salvi Jr., another family attorney.
“He had a bullet go through some or all of his spinal cord, at least one bullet. He has holes in his stomach. He had to have nearly his entire colon and small intestines removed,” Salvi added, saying the family will file a civil lawsuit against the police department over the shooting.
The shooting has triggered a wide spread unrest in the United States and reignited the Black Lives Movement.