The 29-year-old is “at a spinal injury rehabilitation center in Chicago,” said attorney Patrick Cafferty. “I cannot provide more details.”
He declined to say when Blake left the hospital or how long he was expected to be in rehab.
After Blake was shot multiple times during an altercation with police in August, his family initially said he was paralyzed from the waist down and it was unclear whether the condition was permanent. Attorney Ben Crump later said it would be a “miracle” before Blake left.
Another family lawyer, Patrick Salvi Jr., said Blake suffered injuries to his arm, kidney, liver, and spinal cord.
“He had a bullet through part or all of his spinal cord, at least one bullet. He has holes in his stomach. He had to have almost all of his colon and small intestine removed,”
; Salvi said in August.
Blake’s father told reporters that one of the first things Blake asked after regaining consciousness in the hospital was why he had been shot so many times.
Protests and calls for reform
The shootout fueled simmering national tensions over police brutality and racial injustice and continued demonstrations that broke out across the country after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd during his arrest in May.
The video showed officers leading Blake around an SUV. As Blake gets into the vehicle, one of the officers pulls the tail of his shirt before firing seven shots. Blake’s children, ages 3, 5, and 8 were in the car. One celebrated his birthday.
Blake’s family have said he poses no threat to the officers and they have expressed doubts that he will see justice in his shots. The officials involved were taken on administrative leave.
The Kenosha Professional Police Association claims Blake fought with police officers, headlocked a police officer and carried a knife he refused to drop.
Blake appears to have told officials that he had a knife in his possession, the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s criminal investigation department said. Investigators later “pulled a knife from the driver’s side” of Blake’s vehicle, the agency said.
Salvi has refuted the police defense, stating that the officers have plenty of time to make the right decision.
“At no point was Jacobs swinging towards the officers, and you see the officer pulling on his shirt and then firing those seven bullets. … If he was concerned that Jacob had a knife, why didn’t he ask back?” the lawyer.
Jacob Blake Sr. has repeatedly made calls for police reforms following the shooting of his son.
“If we’re not talking about reform laws – reforming some of these cops right now – then I really don’t want to talk to you at all,” he told CNN last month.
“It hurts to breathe”
In August, Blake delivered a message from his hospital bed, reminding his supporters that life can change in an instant.
“Your life and not just your life, your legs – something you have to move in order to move forward in life – can be taken like this, man,” he said, snapping his fingers.
Blake had braces in his back and stomach at the time and said his pain was constant.
“It hurts to breathe. It hurts to sleep. It hurts to move back and forth. It hurts to eat,” he said. “You don’t want to have to deal with that.”
Days earlier, he put on a shirt and tie for his first court appearance on charges of alleged assault prior to his shooting. He pleaded not guilty of third-degree sexual assault, criminal offenses, and disorderly behavior. A judge approved a $ 10,000 signature bond and scheduled his next appearance on October 21.
CNN’s Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.