In an update to our earlier opinion piece found here, we have reviewed the 23 minute video showing what occurred on that tragic night.
I must apologize to my readers because the information we had made it seem as if three police officers came into the lobby at the same time and confronted the young girl. I made remarks about my outrage that 3 grown adults could not initially handle a 17-year-old girl and for that I apologize as this has proven not to be the case.
No, my friends it was far worse than that. In fact, while watching the video it was one officer who originally entered the lobby to speak to the small framed girl. I was reminded of The Thing from the Fantastic Four as I saw this officer enter the lobby and approach the young woman. I’m not sure if that is because it was the last thing I watched on FX or if it was because this guy was obviously no lightweight.
We see the officer enter and approach the young woman, she then proceeds to hold up her left hand where it is allegedly written that she has a gun. At this point she slowly, I mean like intentionally slowly, starts to reach as if unzipping her jacket to reach into it for something.
The Thing grabs at her wrist and the girl attempted to squirm away and tries to walk away from the officer while he keeps a grip on her wrist. They move across the lobby floor until they reach a bench where he pushes her down on her back and lays her on the bench.
The girl clearly struggles with all the flailing arms and twig-like legs of a small built 17-year-old girl and the thing presses his left leg and left arm against her holding her down on the bench while he reaches for his gun with his right hand.
After a brief struggle, the girl appears to tire out and the officer actually let’s go of her. He stands next to her as she is lying on the bench. Words were exchanged during this time that we are unable to hear due to the lack of audio but during this time the officer has his gun pointed right in the young girls face. He does seem to be doing the right thing and waiting for backup, at this angle it is difficult to see but he did seem to radio for help from other officers.
Suddenly the girl starts to try to get up from the bench where she does seem to reach for something in her pocket or waistband. Ben Grimm is quick to pin her with her face against the backrest of the bench and keeps the side where she may have reached for something pinned between her body and the cushion. Again the officer has his gun directly against the back of the young woman’s head. Not a Taser or baton but his firearm.
The officer stands the girl up, puts his gun in his right coat pocket and slams her face first into the lobby floor. He sits atop her for a few seconds, does not disarm or handcuff the girl or sit on her and wait for backup. Instead, he reaches into his jacket pocket pulls out his gun and stands up and backs away from the girl all the while pointing his weapon directly at her.
Fourteen seconds the girl lays there on the ground while the officer stands there holding her at gunpoint. No weapon had been secured, the suspect has not been cuffed and she is in no way restrained from standing up of her own free will.
Another officer soon enters the lobby and the girl soon stands up, nothing in the video shows that she had a knife in her hand at that point. The second officer arrives with a Taser in hand and calmly approaches the girl and a brief discussion ensues as another officer enters the lobby with her gun drawn.
After a few seconds The Thing starts backing up away from the girl and she soon charges at the officer with what appears to be a metallic object held overhead.
Shots are fired and the girl falls to the floor. Officers remove the knife from the girl and handcuff her but fail to offer any type of medical attention. It is almost 6 minutes until the paramedics arrive who are then seen attempting CPR. During that time between being cuffed and the paramedics showing up, no one bothered to attempt to stop the bleeding. We see an officer check her pulse a few times, which makes me wonder why you would check more than once if she was already dead when you checked the first time. So was she still alive, handcuffed and bleeding out while officers stood around or sat in chairs?
In fairness to two of the officers they did seem pretty shaken up, as they should be after killing a young girl.What I don’t understand is where was the compassion to try to help her now that she had been disarmed, handcuffed and no longer a threat? As fellow human beings should we not try anything we can to save someone’s life? Where is the training to serve and protect someone who has just been shot and was dying? I get that they may have just felt threatened by the girl, but what about the other 4 officers in the room who were not themselves threatened? Where was their humanity in helping her, no they were busy patting their officers on the back and making sure they felt fine. If the brotherhood of police is so tight that it means they become immune and calloused to the suffering of those not wearing the blue, then maybe we have a problem as a society and the police have a problem as a group. Officers made the choice to handcuff the girl laying on the floor, but not one of them bothered to stay to slow the bleeding or give any type of aid to her.
If this girl was entering this lobby looking for suicide by cop, maybe we should ask why she thought it would be so easy to get police to shoot her? Have our law enforcement officers become the equivalent of a suicide booth out of Futurama?
If all of this is investigated and found to have been done “by the book”, maybe it’s time to rewrite the book.
By Emmanuel Goldstein – DontComply.com
A first generation American raised in the states of Colorado and Texas. Emmanuel now lives with his wife in Nebraska. Middle child in a household of eight children, Emmanuel's patriotism for the American dream of freedom and equality stems from the same place as many immigrant families. His love of the free market was fueled by the small businesses his father owned and made all his children a part of as well as his studies at Northwood University where he received a Bachelors in business administration with an emphasis on small business management.
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Looks like the first officer didn’t have handcuffs
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She was just following your irresponsible position of noncompliance with the lawful order of a police officer. As a result the Police officers were forced to eliminate the threat to their lives and I completely support their actions. When someone charges you with a butcher knife you don’t stand around and consider multiple options —you elinstevthe threat and shoot till the clip is empty. Last—If her parents had kept their 17 year-old daughter at home she would be alive….they didn’t…. And she isn’t.
What bugs me is why wasn’t she immediately handcuffed when the first officer had her pinned down? And I definitely agree with that someone should have been attempting CPR on her. I couldn’t believe no one was doing anything to try to save her life. Everyone was just standing around or sitting down and they just left her on the floor for a small eternity, shot and bleeding. That bugged me. I didn’t like how the whole thing was handled from start to finish. The first officer didn’t even seem like he tried to talk her down, he just pounced on her. I do wish we had audio on that vid. It would help us to better understand what went down. Without the audio, it just looks like she was grabbed, manhandled, and shot.
the full video was not released do to legality….it will when the time comes
I thought don’t comply was about not following unlawful laws. Such as some states removing your right to own firearms, or stating you can’t water your lawn on thursdays, or you go get locked up in a cage for not cutting your front lawn.
Not how it is OK to pull a knife on another human then be pissed when they defend theirbody….
And it doesn’t matter the age, size, sex, or race of the person who pulls the knife. If you are a 350lb black dude who pulls a knife, you will be shot if you try to harm someone; if you are a 13 year little asian who is swinging at knife at a person, you will be shot.
It doesn’t matter.
Really? Doesn’t matter? You are one cold blooded SOB to admit you’d have no qualms blowing holes in a 13 year old kid, or a 6 year old kid, or whoever, probably even a 2 year old if they had a knife, you said age didn’t matter! There was a time when men treated women and kids with a little respect and dignity, I guess now days some of them will gladly kill them!
I don’t look at age, or sex, or gender, or race, i look at threats.
A knife will kill you as much as a firearm, or a fist.
And yeah, if a 2 year old someone was able to charge at me with a knife and was attempting to harm me, i would defend myself. But i don’t see that happening, but i can see a 17 year old doing it!
Big fat scared ass pussy, and your a dude too. I can just see you running and screaming because some girl has a knife! You probably have your boyfriend kill spiders for you too!
I have a butter knife! BOO! Hahaha
well, unless you are using it in a way which would cause someone harm, i don’t think you have much to worry about.
But just to be safe, don’t attack people with it,.
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