Jacob Blake, who was shot in the back by police in the US state of Wisconsin, was allegedly freed from handcuffs while in hospital.
Kenosha Police had said Mr. Blake had been in custody for previous warrants and that handcuffs were a matter of policy.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, who was asked by reporters if he feared Mr. Blake, was handcuffed to his bed, replied, “Hell yes.”
“I would not have personally understood why this would be necessary,” he said. “Of course he has already paid a horrible price, he has been shot seven or eight in the back.”
His lawyer told US media that those warrants had been canceled, and officers guarding Mr. Blake had left.
The circumstances that led to Mr. Blake’s shooting are still under investigation.
Mr. Blake’s shooting in the town of Kenosha sparked protests there and in other cities across the United States.