An African-American man, Jacob Blake, who remains hospitalised and paralysed waist down after sustaining multiple injuries from police shooting in Wisconsin, United States, is now handcuffed to his bed.
His father made the revelation on Thursday.
“I hate it that he was laying in that bed with the handcuff onto the bed,” his father, also named Jacob Blake, said. “He can’t go anywhere. Why do you have him cuffed to the bed?”
Asked why his son was handcuffed, Blake’s father replied “he’s under arrest.” The father also said it was unclear what charge or charges his son might be facing, explaining “right now, we don’t know. We’re playing it by ear.”
Blake’s uncle told CNN on Thursday that Blake’s father visited the Wauwatosa, Wisconsin hospital where his son is recovering from at least one surgery. He was “heartbroken” to see that his son was handcuffed.
“This is an insult to injury,” Justin Blake, the uncle of the victim, said. “He is paralyzed and can’t walk and they have him cuffed to the bed. Why?”
Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, has spent days in the hospital. A police officer shot him seven times in the back on Sunday while trying to detain him, state investigators said.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said in a news conference that he “couldn’t imagine” why Blake was handcuffed.
“I would have no personal understanding why that would be necessary,” Evers said.
“I would hope that we would be able to find a more, a better way to help him … in recovering. That seems counterintuitive. It seems to be bad medicine.”
Videos of the incident show a struggle between Blake and police, and Blake then walks around the front of an SUV and tries to enter the driver’s side door. An officer is seen pulling Blake’s tank top and seven shots are heard.
Blake’s family said the shooting would likely leave him paralysed from the waist down. They are demanding justice for him.