Police Take Restraints Off Blake's Hospital Bed

Handcuffs baffle governor, but local officials say an old warrant is the reason
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2020 5:00 PM CDT
Handcuffs Are Off Jacob Blake in Hospital
Jacob Blake Sr., father of Jacob Blake, speaks Friday at the March on Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Jacob Blake is no longer shackled to his Wisconsin hospital bed with handcuffs, and the police guard has been removed. The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department had said Blake was restrained because of an old warrant he faces, but Blake's lawyer said Friday that it's been dropped. Anyone in a similar situation who was "in the hospital would be treated in this manner," a sheriff's spokesman said. His family found the sight upsetting. "Why do they have that cold steel on my son's ankle?" Jacob Blake Sr. said on CNN. "He can't get up, he couldn't get up if he wanted to." His son, who is Black, has been hospitalized since he was shot by a white police officer Sunday.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said he "couldn't imagine" why Blake was handcuffed. "I would hope that we would be able to find a more, a better way to help him ... in recovering," Evers said. Another family lawyer, Benjamin Crump said: "There is no explanation for it. It follows the pattern of deliberate indifference and excessive force." Blake's father said, "My son has not been afforded the rights of a human." Later Friday, Blake spoke at the March on Washington, per CNN, saying it was his duty. He said his father—grandfather of the wounded man—attended the 1963 march. "Every Black person in the United States is gonna stand up," he told the crowd. "We're tired!" (More Jacob Blake stories.)

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