A Black mother who stated she was pregnant has been shot and killed by police in Baytown, Texas on Monday night. Police alleged that the woman was resisting arrest and grabbed the officer’s taser.
The incident was caught on video and has been circulated widely on social media, according to CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV. In the video, the woman could be heard shouting “I’m pregnant” multiple times before she was killed.
The police officer in question was on duty patrolling an apartment complex when he recognized a woman who lived there whom he knew had prior warrants.
Baytown Police Lieutenant Steve Dorris said in a post on the department’s Facebook page early Tuesday, “Baytown Detectives are on the scene of an Officer involved shooting in the 1600 block of Garth Road. It is very early in the investigation however what detectives have learned thus far is one of our officers, an 11-year veteran with the department, was patrolling an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Garth Road when he came across a 45-year-old female that he knew from previous encounters and knew she had outstanding warrants.”
Dorris added, “The officer contacted the female and attempted to arrest her at which time a struggle ensued, forcing the officer to deploy his department-issued taser at the Black mother. It appears that as the officer was then attempting to handcuff the female she was able to gain control of his taser and turned it on the officer, tasing the officer, which forced the officer to draw his duty weapon and fire multiple rounds at the female, striking her at least once.”
The video appeared to tell a different story. According to the angle of the video posted above, the woman was on the ground when the police officer shot her. There appeared to be some distance between the cop and the woman who screamed she was pregnant right before he shot her. It is also difficult to see if the officer was tased because he never mentioned it on the video. It simply looks like she was attempting to get the taser away from her.
Lieutenant Dorris had harsh words for the witness who posted the video to social media.
“It’s unfortunate that somebody takes a tragic incident like this and posts it on social media,” Dorris told KPRC-TV. “It’s extremely disrespectful for everybody involved, but that’s the day and age we live in with social media.”
What he failed to mention is that there have been incidences of police officers lying about certain situations and many times witness-captured footage is the only evidence of what really happened. Baytown police officers are equipped with body cameras but it isn’t certain if the officer’s camera was in use at the time of the shooting.
The officer has been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure, according to Lt. Dorris.