However, the Indiana Tech student claimed on what appeared to be his Twitter account that the officers “unnecessarily and improperly” fired the canister at his head:
Brake’s mother, Rachel Simonis, told the
Journal Gazette that newscasters witnessed the moment the canister hit her son in the eye.
“Balin fell to the ground and they (police) left him laying on the ground and two men picked him up and took him to safety, towards the police and a police officer called an ambulance. They just left him laying there in the street,” she explained.
When asked if he attempted to throw the canister back at the officers, Brake said “Absolutely not.”
“I was not wearing gloves. Those canisters are hot as hell. I would not try to pick them up with my bare hands. In fact, one of them hit my shoe and burned my laces off,” he stated.
Following surgery, Brake shared a photo of himself in a bed at Lutheran Hospital.
In the coming weeks, Brake will undergo another operation to repair fractures and be fitted for a prosthetic eye, according to Simonis.
However, Brake told the
Gazette that losing his eye was “small collateral for the battle we’re fighting,” adding that if people were not using their so-called “white privilege” to advocate for their fellow human beings, “then that is just wrong.”