“Your life and not just your life, your legs – something you have to move in order to move forward in life – can be taken that way, man,” Blake said, snapping his fingers.
His attorney Ben Crump posted the video on Twitter on Saturday as Blake, 29, was recovering from injuries sustained after being shot and killed seven times by a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer.
A video clip of the incident shows an officer shooting Blake trying to enter the driver’s door of an SUV. His three children – 3, 5, and 8 – were in the car at the time.
The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist down.
The incident also sparked protests against police brutality and systemic racism that began after George Floyd’s death in police custody in May.
Blake said he had cramps in his back and stomach and was in pain all day.
“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.”
He also urged observers to change something for the better.
“Please, I’m telling you, you are changing your life out there,” he said. “We can stick together, make some money and make everything easier for our people.”