Following the shooting of Jacob S. Blake, a 29-year-old African-American man who was shot at, seven times towards his back during an arrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, US, violent protests have ensued.
On Monday night, a lot of demonstrators could be seen reacting over the incident. They even torched cars and set buildings ablaze.
In light of the violence, Blake’s mother called for peaceful protests, saying that her son would not be pleased with the violence and the destruction.
According to his mother, hours after Jacob Blake was shot on Sunday, he looked at her in a Milwaukee hospital room, cried, and told her he was sorry.
Julia Jackson recalls her son telling her: “I don’t want to be a burden on anybody. I want my babies. Call my boss,”. She comforted him and had to redirect the conversation.
Blake’s sister says he is a father, a son, an uncle, and a brother who’s focused on his loved ones. “He doesn’t even care about himself. He’s more so worried about us.”, she added.
CNN reports that Julia Jackson is a mother who believes in the power of prayer and forgiveness. Despite the agony that comes with knowing her son was shot in the back by a police officer, she prayed with another police officer in the hospital.
Jackson says the damage in the city from the unrest “doesn’t reflect my son or my family.”
She asked for prayers not only for her son but for healing across the country.
Blake’s family is rooted in a legacy of activism and devotion.
Before he became the latest in a long list of police shooting victims, the 29-year-old was a kid growing up in Evanston, Illinois, just outside Chicago.