Jacob Blake’s Father Recalls Heartwarming Call With Joe Biden & Kamala Harris
Jacob Blake Sr., father of Jacob Blake – the 29-year-old black man whom police shot in the back seven times last Sunday in Wisconsin – said Friday that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been a source of empathy and comfort during his family’s time of crisis.
His son, Jacob Jr., was fired upon by a police officer while entering his car as his children watched in horror from inside the vehicle. Blake was unarmed and is now paralyzed from the waist down due to his injuries.
Jacob Blake Sr.: "President Biden kept telling me his own issues with his family, that he identifies with what I'm going through. I didn't have to keep telling him. He knew. It felt like he knew. Kamala, Vice President Harris, felt like they knew what was going on." pic.twitter.com/wcmRT9XaUD
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“I talked to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for an hour on the phone, and when President Biden was talking to me I mentioned a story from when I was eight-years-old,” Blake Sr. said on CNN’s New Day. “He said, ‘that was you?’ I said yeah that was me, and he said, ‘that makes me old.’ I said well, you said it, not me,” Blake Sr. joked.
Hope shone through Blake Sr.’s eyes from the kindness he received from the candidates on the Democratic ticket.
“And then Vice President Harris… they were so comforting that you almost forgot how the situation was really playing out,” Blake Sr. said of Biden and Harris. “They made Jacob’s mother stop being nervous for like 40 or 50 minutes, and I don’t think people understand the worry of a mother. That’s like, her baby, he said. “It was like I was speaking to my uncle and one of my sisters — literally, literally.”
Blake Sr. continued.
“Biden kept telling me his own issues with his family. That he identifies with what I’m going through. I didn’t have to keep telling him. He knew. It felt like he knew,” he added. “It felt like they knew what was going on. And they didn’t act like they were in a hurry to go anywhere. They spent time with us. And the tears that came from (Jacob Blake’s) mother in this talk with the Bidens, that was important.”
Blake Sr. also recalled his son asking during a hospital visit, “why did they shoot me so many times?”
Blake Sr. said that “they weren’t supposed to shoot you at all.”
While the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, Harris said Friday that they should face criminal prosecution.
“I think that there should be a thorough investigation and, based on what I’ve seen, it seems that the officer should be charged,” she said.
“Everyone should be afforded due process, I agree with that completely,” Harris said. “But here’s the thing: in America, we know these cases keep happening. And we have had too many Black men in America who have been the subject of this kind of conduct. And it’s gotta stop.”
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, made no mention of the shooting during his speech on the final night of the Republican National Convention, nor has he reached out to the Blake family for comfort or support.