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After son's shooting, I am receiving death threats, says Jacob Blake's father

After son's shooting, I am receiving death threats, says Jacob Blake's father

The police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the ensuing protests have led to threats against the 29-year-old's family, Blake's father told newsmen.

"It is saddening to me that people don't understand the type of pressure this family is under and what the rest of the family is dealing with," Jacob Blake Sr. said, adding that his other son, 20, was recently hospitalized because he suffered from depression.

It's been more than a week since Kenosha officer Rusten Sheskey, who is White, repeatedly shot Jacob Blake, a Black Man, in the back, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Protests have erupted in Kenosha, as differing accounts of what took place August 23 emerge. The protests are part of a larger, nationwide call for justice in the deaths of Black people at the hands of police.

President Donald Trump is scheduled Tuesday to visit the city of 100,000 located on the Lake Michigan coastline between Chicago and Milwaukee, but he will not meet with Blake's family.

While the state Justice Department has launched a probe in Blake's shooting, Kenosha authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of two protesters. Kyle Rittenhouse -- who is from Antioch, Illinois, about 20 miles from Kenosha -- was arrested in connection with the deaths, as well as the shooting of another person.


The teen was acting in "100% self-defense" while protecting local businesses, Rittenhouse's attorney, John Pierce, told Fox News.

"A 17-year-old lifeguard who is attempting to protect the businesses and his community, and attempting to help wounded protesters and was protecting his own life while Kenosha was burning, why is he the one sitting in jail tonight as forces within this country sickeningly attempt to find a way to bring harm to him while he is detention?" Pierce said.
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