An attorney for the family of a pregnant woman shot by police officers in a Kroger parking lot called the shooting unjustified.
Ta’Kiya Young, 21, was shot to death around 6 p.m. on August 24 outside a Kroger in Blendon Township, Ohio, about 15 miles from Columbus.
She was the mother of two children, ages 3 and 6, as well as the third child she was pregnant with at the time of the shooting, according to the local Fox affiliate WSYX.
“This is the clearest example of what ‘comply or die’ looks like when law enforcement officers who are not properly trained and supervised target specific communities,” Sean Walton of Walton & Brown LLP said in an exclusive statement to The US Sun .
“The police have attempted to escalate this petty theft into a crime that justifies killing, and it only further demonstrates that police officers, similar to victims like George Floyd, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, are not held accountable in killings. “Black and Brown People for Petty Crime.”
Police said they were told that Ta’Kiya had stolen alcohol from Kroger before the shooting.
In a recorded video opinion On the police department’s Facebook page, Blendon Township Police Chief John Belford said Ta’Kiya was in a Lexus sedan with no license plate that day.
She was reportedly parked in a handicapped spot in front of the store.
Belford said bodycam footage showed officers asked the woman to get out of her car “dozens of times.”
However, according to Belford, the woman started the car and did not comply.
“The woman put the car in gear and accelerated forward,” Belford said.
“The officer, who was directly in the path of the oncoming car, shot through the windshield.”
Officers broke the window of the car to provide her with medical aid as the vehicle’s doors were locked and they could not get inside.
A nearby emergency doctor also reportedly responded to assist until an ambulance arrived at the scene.
Ta’Kiya was taken to an area hospital but did not survive.
Her unborn child also did not survive.
Investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating the incident and two of the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
“Although this woman had previously been charged with theft and fleeing police, our officers did not know that at the time,” Belford said.
He continued: “Any loss of life is a tragedy. The family of the deceased woman is understandably upset. I have personally spoken to a family member and will continue to keep them updated on what is happening.”
The police published the Bodycam footage of the incident on September 1st.
In the video, officers can be heard yelling at Ta’Kiya and asking her to get out of the car.
However, she did not comply with the request.
At one point she appeared to try to drive the car forward.
In a statement released with the bodycam footage, Police Chief Bedford said, “As Ms. Young drove her car directly toward Officer #1 and struck him, Officer #1 became the victim of an attempted vehicular assault.”
He continued, “Because Ms. Young is deceased, obviously no charges can be filed, but – under state law – Officer No. 1’s victim status remains.”
He also said, “When Ms. Young disengaged from Officer #2 while his hand and part of his arm were still in the driver’s side window, Officer #2 became the victim of assault.”
“Of course, since Ms. Young is deceased, no charges can be filed, but – under state law – Officer No. 2’s victim status remains.”
Police also released video footage of Ta’Kiya shopping at Kroger before the shooting.
“Released surveillance video from the State Liquor Store at Kroger shows Ms. Young placing several bottles of alcohol in a bag she was carrying,” Belford said in a separate document opinion.
“Two other unknown women she is with also appear to be putting bottles in her bag. Ms. Young and her two female accomplices then quickly leave the store and set off a theft alarm.
“The footage shows the three women leaving the store while Ms Young gets into a black Lexus which is parked in a disabled spot near the store exit. The accomplices get into another car and leave.”
He has asked the public to help identify the two women seen shopping with Young.
Following the release of the bodycam footage, the family’s lawyer, Walton, told The US Sun: “What we see in the video footage released today is further evidence of a murder, a lack of urgency in providing trained medical care to one obviously pregnant and wounded woman.” Woman, and a concerted effort to protect Officer Connor Grubb from responsibility and criminal charges.”
He also said: “It is clear that petty theft does not justify murder and that submit or die is not the rule of law in this country.”
“The fact that an unarmed woman was unjustly shot.”
being dragged from her car and handcuffed after she was shot should shock the conscience of anyone who watches the newly released video footage.
The attorney said an officer can be heard repeatedly stating to other officers in the video, “She tried to run me over” as justification for killing Ta’Kiya, before a sheriff’s deputy tells him he was one Getting a lawyer for him will stop talking.
Ta’Kiya’s grandmother Nadine Young has spoken out about the death of her pregnant granddaughter.
“There was a complete lack of humanity and decency. He needs to be held accountable, period,” Nadine said.
Several people on social media said they would boycott Kroger following the shooting.
A person on X, formerly known as Twitterwrote: “People who care about Black lives should boycott Kroger for refusing to release the unedited footage inside and outside the store.”
They included #justicefortakiyayoung in the post.
Several people re-shared the hashtag and commented on the tragedy on the social media platform.
“Shoplifting is not a capital crime, but Ta’Kiya Young died for it,” one person wrote.
“There is no justification for executing a suspected shoplifter. Not one,” said another.
Someone else wrote: “The job of police is to protect and serve, not to judge and execute.”
The US Sun has reached out to Blendon police for comment.