Nearly a year after shooting, Jacob Blake's family and supporters gather in Kenosha
KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) --Monday will mark one year since Jacob Blake was left paralyzed after being shot seven times by Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey on a domestic call, sparking protests and national calls for action.
Family and demonstrators gathered in Kenosha Saturday, August 21, to continue the fight for what they say is a situation where justice hasn't been served.
Officer Sheskey faced no charges or disciplinary action after the incident, something the demonstrators that gathered at Civic Center Park said they want to see change.
"I'm sitting in my bed fighting for my life, and they said they shot me over what? But they let those people do what?" said Jacob Blake over the phone.
Blake was unable to be at the event due to his current condition.
His father, Jacob Blake Sr., said that just having him alive and with them is a miracle.
"So for him to be able to tell you how he feels is a blessing," said Blake Sr.
Blake Sr. said the reason hundreds of demonstrators came out to demonstrate today is to continue to call for repercussions to be brought against Sheskey.
"If I shot someone seven times in the back, I would be facing first-degree murder. So what is the difference?" said Blake Sr.
Blake's family was joined Saturday by other activists and families of those who lost loved ones to police, like Bianca Austin, Breonna Taylor's aunt.
Taylor, killed in her home during a botched police raid in Louisville.
"We came together because of our tragedies and our pain, and we're just trying to show people that we need to stay united in this fight for justice," said Austin.
Jacob Blake's uncle, Justin Blake, said they will stick with it until they see change.
"The whole purpose of being here is to bring about the unity to the community and show those who are in power that we are not going to stop until we get justice," said Justin.
Blake Sr. said he plans to be in Washington D.C. demonstrating next week.