Speed Reads

police brutality

Jacob Blake's mother pleads with Americans to 'examine your heart' in emotional speech

Julia Jackson, the mother of Jacob Blake, made an emotional plea to all Americans on Tuesday, just two days after her son was shot by police while getting into his SUV where his children were sitting inside in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The shooting reignited protests against police brutality across the country.

Jackson asked everyone to "take a moment and examine your hearts" and ultimately, together, "show the rest of the world how humans are supposed to treat each other."

She also encouraged unity, warning that a "house that is against each other cannot stand."

Blake, who was shot in the back eight times, remains hospitalized. His family's attorney, Ben Crump, said it will "take a miracle for" Blake to walk again. The bullets severed Blake's spinal cord and shattered some of his vertebrae, Crump said. Blake is reportedly in surgery and still fighting for his life.