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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Jacob Blake, shot by the Kenosha police, is trying to recover.

While the jury debated the fate of Kyle Rittenhouse, the man at the center of all of Kenosha’s troubles, Jacob Blake, was a few miles outside Chicago, where he is undergoing physical therapy to walk again.

After Mr. Blake, who is Black, was shot and left by a partially paralyzed Kenoshi police officer in August 2020, angry demonstrators took to the streets to protest police violence. When these protests were accompanied by acts of vandalism and arson, Mr. Rittenhouse and others went to the scene with weapons, stating that they wanted to protect the business.

Credit …Adria-Joy Watkins, via The Associated Press

Mr Blake, 30, is partially paralyzed and has set himself the goal of walking on his own by next summer, said his uncle Justin Blake, who spent most of the trial on the steps outside the Kenosha courthouse.

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“He has bad days, no doubt about it, but he’s so grateful to be alive,” Justin Blake said of his nephew.

Jacob Blake has rarely spoken in public since he was shot. But in August, he told CNN that he believed race influenced the way the police treated him and how they treated Mr. Rittenhouse, who was white.

“For the reasons they said they shot me, they had every reason to shoot him, but they didn’t,” CNN quoted Mr. Blake as saying. “To be honest, if his skin color were different — and I’m not prejudiced or racist — he would probably be called a terrorist.”

According to his uncle, Mr. Blake did not follow every twist of the Rittenhouse trial, but instead focused on healing and a new side job, printing T-shirts. “He has to focus on himself, focus on his kids and his new normal lifestyle,” said Justin Blake.

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