Jacob Blake speaks out for 1st time since near-fatal shooting in exclusive interview

Blake, 29, told Michael Strahan that he told his sons, “‘Daddy loves you no matter what’” after being shot seven times by police because “I thought it was going to be the last thing I say to them.”
6:43 | 01/14/21

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We continue with the ABC news exclusive, Jacob Blake and his first interview since he was shot and partially paralyzed by a police officer in August and since then, the Kenosha county district attorney announced last week the officers involved will not be charged and, Michael, we know you had a chance to sit down with Jacob. I had a chance on Tuesday. Jacob Blake is a 29-year-old black man who was shot seven times by a white officer in front of two of his children leaving him partially paralyzed and this morning, he's telling his side of the story for the first time. You didn't resist. I resisted to getting beat on and what I mean by that is not falling, not letting them put their head on my neck. That's all I was thinking honestly. This morning, Jacob Blake is speaking out for the first time almost five months after being shot seven times by police leaving him partially paralyzed. I was counting down my breath, my blinks, I was like, god, I'm coming. I guess it's it for me. All unfolding as his sons watched from the backseat of that car. I was like, he's shooting me, I couldn't believe it so I kind of sat down in the car trying to do this, put my hands up because I didn't want him shooting in my face or head or nothing. He kept shooting, kept shooting. What's going through your mind. My babies are right here, my babies, so after he stops shooting me I said, daddy love you, no matter what. I thought it was going to be the last -- I thought it was going to be the last thing I say to them. Thank god it wasn't. Sparking protests across the country adding fuel to a fire that had been burning all summer since the police killing of George Floyd. I want to be the next George Floyd. I didn't want to die. Reporter: August 23rd and he was at the house of the mother of three of his children. They were celebrating their son's birthday when an argument broke out between booker and a neighbor. I just wanted to get them -- I wanted to leave. My son is inside. Tears coming out his eyes and say, daddy, you sure? It's my birthday, yeah you know, I was like I'm going -- I'm taking them to the store again, make them forget about all this. As Blake prepares to leave booker calls police. What's your emergency? I need an officer. Jacob Blake is here and has a keys to a rental that I purchased that I need to take bake. Reporter: Police respond to family trouble and told there is a warrant for Blake on domestic violence offenses and sexual assault. What are you doing when they show up? At that time I'm walking out. I hadn't done anything so I didn't feel like they were there for me. He proceeds to put one of his sons in the car and that's when he says he felt someone grab his arm. Took my arm away and human reaction. After I did that, I realized that it was the police and it was like, uh-oh, because when I did that he slammed me up against the truck. Before the cop grabbed awe did they say anything to you? No. Not at all. Reporter: According to the Wisconsin criminal investigation report, officer Rusten Sheskey recalled saying, quote, let's talk about this. He said, Blake put his child in the car and turned to face him, Sheskey said he grabbed Blake's arm to put him under arrest and told Blake he had a warrant. They didn't say why they were Huh-uh. They didn't say anything to me. Did they tell you they had a warrant for your arrest? No a struggle follows and police believe Blake is reaching for a weapon more than once. Blake denies this. Police deploy a taser multiple times and Blake pulls it out of his skin. We see you walk away from the after they try to grab you. I'm rattled, you know. I realize I had dropped my knife. So I picked it up after I got off of him because they tased me and I fell on top of him. With an open knife in hand that Blake says fell out of his pocket he walks around the front of the vehicle toward the driver's side door. What are you thinking at that point? I'm not really worried, I'm walking away from them so it's not like they're going to shoot me. I shouldn't have picked it up, only considering what was going on. At that time I wasn't thinking clearly. You were thinking once you get the knife into the car, you were going to just -- Throw myself to the ground and, you know, put my arms behind my back because if they did it there and killed me there everybody would see it. According to the Wisconsin criminal investigative report he says he drove the knife towards his body. Blake denies. He opens the car door and at that smoement Sheskey grabs the back of his shirt and starts shooting. You said we can look at the video and the video tells everything. Going to be a lot of people who look at the video and said in the video you're walking away from the police. So why didn't he just stop and do what the police are asking him to do? I couldn't hear that. All I heard was screaming, screaming, my ears was ringing so it was all muffled. If the police were fighting me, if they were tasing me, I would stop walking away from them and they would have my attention. I had not left or tried to run at that point. That when they tased me I had my hands up. Officer Sheskey's tern says Blake was given every opportunity to comply but he chose not to and insists that, quote, the officers acted according to their training. According to records released in the investigation report, in the past Blake has been arrested for attempting to flee police and for resisting arrest. These charges were dropped. There are critics who say he's had run-ins with the law in the past. He doesn't deserve sympathy. If you're a black person in America and you are not perfect, then they say, oh, it was justified. It's like our children have to be angel. We know your kids who were in the car, have you had any conversations with them about this since it all happened? I've explained to them, broke it down to them like daddy can die but for some reason I didn't that day.

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