Sadly, another day, another report of an unarmed Black person being shot and killed by the police.
According to ABC 13, a Texas cop has been placed on administrative leave after fatally shooting a woman he was trying to arrest on Monday night in Baytown, a city close to Houston.
According to the Baytown Police Department, an officer on patrol came across a 45-year-old Black woman he claims had outstanding warrants. The officer, whose name has not been shared with the public, claims that as he tried to handcuff her, she allegedly grabbed his taser and used it on him. That prompted him to fire multiple times at the woman, hitting her at least once.
She died on the scene.
Meanwhile, a video of the shooting posted on Snapchat shows the woman screaming to the officer that she was being harassed and that she was also pregnant.
“You’re actually harassing me,” the woman can be heard saying in the video as the Taser is being used. The woman also screamed “I’m pregnant!”
BPD has yet to authenticate the video, but does want to speak with the person who recorded and put it online.
On Tuesday morning, the Baytown Police Department released a statement on Facebook about the shooting, referring to the officer as a 11-year veteran. He has been put on paid administrative leave, which is also standard protocol, ABC 13 noted.
In addition, Lt. Steve Dorris told the press that he believes the officer was wearing a body camera, but that footage will not be immediately released due to their on-going investigation.
“We’ll be out for some time tonight to reconstruct the events and get questions answered,” Dorris told reporters.
Plenty of people took to Twitter to sound off on what they believe was unwarranted excessive force:
This is a developing story. We will provide updates as they become available.
Texas Cop Shoots And Kills Unarmed Black Woman Who Screamed, ‘I’m Pregnant’ was originally published on hellobeautiful.com