That is horrible.
Per stories, an unarmed, pregnant Black girl was shot an astounding FIVE instances on Friday night time by Kansas Metropolis cops whereas her arms have been up within the air — and she or he reportedly posed no menace to cops.
In response to The Kansas Metropolis Defender, the sufferer, a 26-year-old girl named Leonna Hale (not pictured above), was shot by two cops close to the Independence Plaza neighborhood in what group members at the moment are calling a “horrific, tried execution.” The Kansas Metropolis Police Division claims the taking pictures incident occurred in an try and arrest Leonna and a person together with her in connection to a suspected stolen car. However eyewitnesses at the moment are talking out – slamming the PD for a story they are saying doesn’t match what truly went down on the scene.
Shédanja, an eyewitness who recorded the aftermath of the taking pictures on her cellphone, instructed The Kansas Metropolis Star that she heard officers yelling at two individuals in a car close by to “get out the automobile.”. A person (not pictured above) received out of the driving force’s facet of the automobile, jumped a fence, and ran away. He was shortly adopted by two cops, whereas two others stayed behind. The girl then exited the car together with her arms raised. Cops instructed her to get on the bottom, however Leonna knowledgeable them that she was pregnant and due to this fact couldn’t lie down. She additionally knowledgeable them that there was a gun within the automobile.
However because the police continued to shout at her to get on the bottom, she started shifting backward towards a fence alongside the parking zone. It was at this level that quite a few cops raised their weapons, Shédanja mentioned:
“She didn’t pull out a weapon on them. She didn’t actually have a stick in her hand.”
Regardless that she was unarmed and was seemingly attempting to be cooperative, she was shot 5 instances. The witness continued:
“One, two, three, 4, 5. I bear in mind it as a result of it didn’t cease. They shot 5 instances. I bear in mind seeing her hit the bottom and I froze.”
After critically injuring her, officers then handcuffed her, dramatically growing her probabilities of bleeding to demise. Fortunately, she remains to be alive and in secure situation at a hospital regardless of her accidents. Shédanja requested the officers why they shot the girl, however all of them refused to reply. You’ll be able to see her footage from after the harrowing incident (beneath).
So, so terrible.
That is but simply one other instance of the stark distinction in the way in which authority figures deal with individuals of coloration versus white individuals. Simply take the Buffalo Bloodbath for instance. After committing mass homicide, cops have been capable of safely apprehend the white male suspect – and but they’ll’t safely arrest an unarmed pregnant Black girl who had her arms up?! It simply doesn’t add up.
Interim Kansas Metropolis Police Chief Joseph Mabin spoke out concerning the incident on Friday night time, telling reporters:
“We by no means wish to be in these sort of conditions. Not the general public, as a police division. Anytime it occurs is a blight on our group. I wish to guarantee the general public the scene is safe. There’s no on-going menace. The Freeway Patrol will probably be investigating this incident. We’re dedicated to be 100% clear. Totally cooperate with the Freeway Patrol. It is a vacation weekend. It’s time for associates and for household. Not a time for violence.”
Ugh. If this weekend was actually a time for no “violence” then maybe his officers shouldn’t have opened fireplace so shortly?! In any case, they appear like they have been the actual “menace” on this state of affairs. Simply saying.
As to be anticipated, we’re not the one ones enraged by this authorized matter. Check out a number of individuals’s opinions on Twitter:
That is the thought course of behind the KC police I assume. When a pregnant girl tries to get away from individuals with weapons pointed at her, they suppose it is okay to unload on her.
— Silas Lee (@SilasLeeNTKTN) Could 29, 2022
It’s wild right here…KCPD is Trash. https://t.co/FXZXsEy4i8
— Le Paintress (@MyatheArtist) Could 29, 2022
Kansas Metropolis is the one metropolis within the nation that doesn’t have management of its police division or how the police division spends the very giant finances which can also be mandated by the state. The KCPD has a know historical past of racism towards residents and officers within the division.
— Chipper (@Chipper24) Could 29, 2022
The Missouri State Freeway Patrol is presently investigating the unarmed taking pictures of Hale, as is process in an try to offer impartiality. Ideas, Perezcious readers?