Jacob Blake, a black man who was shot several times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, issued a statement from his hospital bed.
"I just want to say, man, to all the young cats out there, and even the older ones older than me, it's a lot more life to live out here, man. Your life and not only just your life, your legs, something that you need to move around and move forward in life, can be taken from you like this, man," he said while snapping his fingers in an expletive-laden video.
Blake pleaded not guilty to the charges last week.
"I've got staples in my back, staples in my damn stomach. You do not want to have to deal with this [expletive], man," Blake added in the video. "Every 24 hours, it's pain, it's nothing but pain. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side to side. It hurts to eat."
Blake is being represented by Benjamin Crump, a civil rights attorney who is also representing the family of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in May. Crump released Blake's statement this week.
"Please, I'm telling you, change y'all lives out there," Blake said, without elaborating, although it appears he is supporting the Black Lives Matter protests in his name. "We can stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out here, man, 'cause it's so much time that has been wasted."
After the shooting, a wave of violence descended on Kenosha, leading to nights of looting and arson.
President Donald Trump visited Wisconsin, which is believed to be a swing state during the November election, praising law enforcement.