After the release of footage showing 21-year-old American Ta’Kiya Young being killed in her car by a police officer, her family demands accountability from security forces.
The victim was taken to the hospital, but did not survive. She was pregnant and the baby also died. The case generated protests from the community and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation began investigating the incident.
According to a statement from the family, there was an abuse of power and authority. One of the largest black rights organizations in the United States, the NAACP, also called for punishment of police officers. The entity wants the agent who shot Young to be fired.
She was due to give birth in November this year and was approached in the parking lot of a supermarket, last week, in the municipality of Blendon, state of Ohio. According to police, other people who were at the scene accused the woman of stealing two bottles of alcohol.
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Body camera footage from the officer who shot her shows two officers approaching the woman. One of them stands in front of the vehicle pointing a gun at the windshield, while the other tries to speak to the victim through the driver’s window.
In an aggressive manner, including using swear words, they ask her to get out of the car. The woman responds to the agents that she did not steal anything and refuses to comply with the request. The victim tries to start and is shot. After the shot, the vehicle collides with the wall of the establishment.
Ta’Kiya Young’s family lawyer, Sean Walton, told the American press that he will request a criminal investigation against the officer who shot.
“She barely moves the vehicle – because in the footage we see that she practically doesn’t move – it wasn’t a license to kill her. It’s not just a policy violation, it’s murder. Murder of Ta’Kiya and her daughter.”
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The murder occurred on August 24, but local police have only now released the images. Ta’Kiya Young had two other children, ages 3 and 6. She was studying to be a social worker. The police officers who participated in the incident were removed from their activities, but only the man who shot them remains in that situation.
The names of the two were not released.
Editing: Raquel Setz