Pregnant Woman Suspected of Maybe Shoplifting Shot, Killed by Ohio Officers – Victim’s Family Calls Shooting ‘Criminal Act’ by Police

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By The Vanguard

COLUMBUS, OH – A pregnant woman was shot and killed by police here, who suspected her of shoplifting—body camera footage released Friday detailed the exchange, according to an NBC News report.

In a statement, the Ta’Kiya Young’s family and their lawyer said the shooting “is clearly a criminal act” and demanded “a swift indictment” of the officer who shot her. 

“Having viewed the footage in its entirety, it is undeniable that Ta’Kiya’s death was not only avoidable, but also a gross misuse of power and authority,” the statement read. “As if the pain of losing Ta’Kiya isn’t enough, we must grapple with the knowledge that her unborn daughter was also robbed of her life in this hateful act.”

Young, 21, was confronted by two police officers in an Ohio grocery store parking lot on Aug. 24, said NBC and, after repeatedly being asked to get out of her vehicle by the two officers, one of whom pointed a gun at her, Young’s car inched forward. 

“An officer fired through her windshield and Young was pronounced dead shortly before 7:45 p.m., according to the Franklin County Coroner’s Office. The body camera video, which Young’s family viewed before its release Friday morning, shows an officer approach a car with Young in the driver’s seat,” reported NBC.

The camera footage and dialogue follows:

“Out of the car,” the officer can be heard saying multiple times.

“For what?” Young asks.

“They said you stole stuff. Do not leave,” he responds. 

A second officer then stands in front of Young’s car, puts his hand on the hood, and eventually points his gun at her through the front windshield.

“I didn’t steal s—,” Young says.

“Then get out,” the first officer says.

The officer standing in front of Young’s car is then seen pointing his gun toward her.

“Get out of the f—ing car,” the second officer says.

“No,” Young is heard saying, followed by, “You gonna shoot me?”

“Get out of the car,” the first officer responds while banging on Young’s window with one hand and grabbing the slightly opened window with the other.

Seconds later, NBC News reported “Young is seen turning her steering wheel and driving off. A sound is heard, as the officer in front of the car fires into the windshield at close range and moves to the driver’s side. It’s not clear where Young was shot. A scream is heard as the car continues to drive away at a slow speed.”

The officers called emergency services seconds after getting her out of the car and attempted to help Young by applying a seal to her wound to stop the bleeding, Blendon Township Police Chief John Belford said in a statement.

Young “was a beacon of love, strength, and energy to all who knew her. Her tragic passing has left a void that words can’t describe, especially for her two young sons, who must now grow up without the love and guidance of their mother, and while coming to understand the circumstances that led to her homicide,” the statement read.

The officer who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave. The other officer was initially also placed on administrative leave but returned to duty after Belford viewed body camera footage and saw no reason to keep him on leave, he said.

Both officers involved in the incident have not been identified, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting.

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  1. Walter Shwe

    Another outrageous instance of murder by law enforcement! Those 2 officers should be charged and convicted of cold-blooded murder, then imprisoned for several years. Their pensions should be stripped. Unfortunately the likely outcome is another whitewashing and coverup.

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