Julia Jackson Wiki – Biography
Julia Jackson is the mother of Jacob Blake. Hours after Jacob Blake was shot Sunday, he looked at his mother in a Milwaukee hospital room, cried, and told her he was sorry.
“I don’t want to be a burden on anybody. I want my babies. Call my boss,” Julia Jackson recalls her son telling her. She comforted him and had to redirect the conversation, Jackson told CNN’s Don Lemon Tuesday night. That’s just the kind of man Blake’s family says he is. He’s a father, a son, an uncle and a brother who’s focused on his loved ones, his sister says.
“His kids are his world. But not only that, his family is his world,” Zietha Blake says. “He’s upset because we’re hurt, we’re upset. He doesn’t even care about himself. He’s more so worried about us.”
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. After demonstrators torched cars and set buildings ablaze on Monday night, Blake’s mother called for peaceful protests and said her son would not be pleased with “the violence and the destruction.”
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.
He attended high school in Evanston, where he was a member of the wrestling team. He later moved to Kenosha “for a fresh start,” his family told CNN affiliate WLS.
His grandfather, the Rev. Jacob Blake Sr., led the fight for fair housing in Evanston throughout the 1960s and ’70s and led the Ebenezer AME Church congregation. He organized marches following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that eventually led Evanston City Council members to ban racial discrimination in housing.
Blake’s Dad Said There are ‘8 Holes’ in his Body
Blake’s father told the Chicago Sun-Times he is headed from his home in Charlotte, North Carolina, to see his son in the hospital, who he said has “eight holes” in his body after being shot by police.
“I want to put my hand on my son’s cheek and kiss him on his forehead, and then I’ll be OK,” his father told the paper. “I’ll kiss him with my mask. The first thing I want to do is touch my son.”
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Blake is now in a Milwaukee hospital, where he has remained in intensive care. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was undergoing surgery, Crump said.
“It’s going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake Jr. to ever walk again,” he said.
Blake suffered multiple injuries, including a gunshot wound to one arm, damage to his kidney, liver, and spinal cord, said Patrick Salvi Jr, another attorney representing the family.
“He had a bullet go through some or all of his spinal cord, at least one bullet. He has holes in his stomach. He had to have nearly his entire colon and small intestines removed,” Salvi added, saying the family will file a civil lawsuit against the police department over the shooting.
Jacob Blake is suffering from paralysis from the waist down, his father, Jacob Sr., told CNN, but he wasn’t sure if the condition is permanent.
“Thank God he’s alive,” Blake’s uncle, Justin Blake, told CNN. “We’re just praying for a great recovery, that he may have a great quality of life and that his father, my brother, can enjoy him.”
The younger Blake is a father to six kids, according to a Go Fund Me that has raised nearly $1 million in 24 hours. Three of those children were in the car when Blake was shot, according to Blake’s father who said, “What justified all those shots? What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing?”
According to the Kenosha Police Department, the case was handed over to The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation to be investigated.
In a statement released by the agency on Monday, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said:
The Wisconsin Department of Justice is vigorously and thoroughly investigating yesterday’s officer-involved shooting in Kenosha. As with all investigations we conduct, we will unwaveringly pursue justice in this case.
I hope for a full recovery for the man fighting for his life. He and his family are in my thoughts, as is the entire Kenosha community.
In most cases, including this case, Wisconsin state law grants primary prosecutorial authority to the district attorney, who decides whether to file charges. We will work closely with the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office throughout this case.
The events that lead up to the shooting haven’t been confirmed by law enforcement, but reports from witnesses say that Blake was tasered prior to walking to his car. It’s unclear why he was in a confrontation with police at all if as witnesses say he was breaking up a fight, but more details are sure to emerge in the coming days and weeks.
Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley told CNN, “We’re asked to make two determinations. One, did any office, in this case, commit any crimes, and two, are there any crimes that we believe were committed that we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt?”
“If it’s a yes on both counts, charges against police will be filed,” Gravely said.