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‘I didn’t wanna die,’ Jacob Blake talks about shooting in exclusive ABC interview

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Jacob Blake talks to Michael Strahan in an exclusive ABC/GMA interview

(WKOW/ABC) -- In an exclusive interview with Good Morning America, Jacob Blake tells Michael Strahan he "kinda went limp" after he was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer.

Blake, who is Black, was left paralyzed after being shot in the back Aug. 23 by Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey, who had responded to a call at the scene.

Blake told Strahan about the moments after he was shot.

"All I remember at that point was kinda leanin' back, lookin' at my boys," Blake told Strahan. "I said, 'Daddy, love you no matter what.' It was the last thing I said to them at that point."

Two of Blake's children witnessed the shooting.

"I thought it was gonna be the last thing I say to them," Blake said. "Thank God it wasn't."

As Blake recovered in the hospital, protests sparked across the country, calling for Officer Sheskey to be held accountable.

"I didn't wanna be the next George Floyd...I didn't wanna die," said Blake.

Kenosha County District Attorney Michael D. Graveley announced on Jan. 5 that there will be no criminal charges filed against any of the officers in the Jacob Blake case.

According to records released by the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, in the past, Blake has been arrested for attempting to flee police and for resisting arrest. These charges were dropped as well.

Strahan asked Blake's family attorney Ben Crump about his client's history with the law.

"If you're a Black person in America and you're not perfect, then they say 'Oh it was justified," Crump told Strahan. "It's like our children have to angels."

Blake also told Strahan that he has had conversations with his children about the shooting.

"I've explained it to them and broke it down to them like, 'Daddy can die, but for some reason, I didn't that day," Blake said.

Blake has had 36 surgeries and is confined to a wheelchair. He is in physical rehab four days a week and hoping to regain his ability to walk, according to ABC News.

Blake's attorneys will be filing a civil suit against the Kenosha Police Department.

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