On Friday, law enforcement authorities in Blendon Township, Ohio released body camera footage depicting an officer discharging his weapon at a pregnant black female while in self-defense.
The deceased individual’s family has expressed their dissatisfaction with the situation and is requesting that the unnamed officer be terminated and held accountable for their actions.
On August 24th, Fox News reported on the tragic death of Ta’Kiya Young, a 21-year-old mother of two and pregnant with her third child.
According to the report, Ms. Young had gone to a Kroger store in Blendon Township but never returned after she was suspected of shoplifting bottles of alcohol.
Police approached her in the parking lot and ultimately shot her dead; sadly, her unborn daughter also did not survive. Retired Sheriff Russ Martin has since introduced himself and made it clear that he will not be making any judgments as to whether or not the officer’s actions were justified.
He is narrating the events that occurred that day to provide further insight into what happened.
The footage shows an officer at the driver’s side window informing Young that she has been accused of theft and requesting multiple times for her to exit the vehicle.
A second officer is standing in front of the car with his firearm drawn.
Young, however, does not comply with the officers’ instructions and can be heard exclaiming “What? Are you going to shoot me?”
The woman then put the car in gear and accelerated rapidly. The officer directly in front of the vehicle was struck and carried for several feet. In fear for his safety, the officer fired a shot through the windshield in self-defense.
According to Fox News, the car proceeded approximately 50 more feet before coming to a halt in front of Kroger. Both officers quickly entered the vehicle and discovered Young, who had sustained fatal wounds.
They immediately began administering medical aid; an emergency room doctor on-site provided assistance as well.
Young’s family released a statement through their attorney, Sean Walton, criticizing the police for their actions.
They described the shooting as “avoidable” and “a gross misuse of power and authority,” lamenting that despite their assistance Young had still passed away at St. Ann’s Hospital.
Ta’Kiya’s family is heartbroken. The video did nothing but confirm their fears that Ta’Kiya was murdered unjustifiably and it was just heartbreaking for them to see Ta’Kiya having her life taken away under such ridiculous circumstances.
It is undeniable that Ta’Kiya’s death was not only avoidable, but also a gross misuse of power and authority. While viewing the video, the family felt “a lot of anger, a lot of frustration.
More than anything, there was a sense of just devastation, to know that this power system, these police officers, could stop her and so quickly take her life for no justifiable reason.
Walton, speaking for the family, also told the AP the officer must be fired and arrested.
He also denied Young had stolen any items.
The bottles were left in the store. So when she’s in her car denying that, that’s accurate. She did not commit any theft, and so these officers were not even within their right to place her under arrest, let alone take her life.