Another day, another officer-involved shooting. Tensions ran high in Brooklyn over the weekend after police shot and killed an unarmed woman who was suspected of stealing a car.

According to the Huffington Post, police spotted 23-year-old Shantel Davis when she was driving erratically in a car she’d alleged stolen. After running several lights, Davis hit a minivan. When cops approached her car, she tried to escape, but was unsuccessful.

The Huffington Post explains:

As cops approached Davis– who had an extensive criminal history, including 8 arrests, according to police– she attempted to open the passenger side door. A cop was hit by the door and pushed backwards. Davis then reportedly went back to the driver’s side and put the car in reverse, hitting the gas. 

At the same time, another cop, Detective Phil Atkins, entered the vehicle through the driver’s side door, attempting to put the car in park. In one hand, he was carrying a gun.

“He’s attempting with the other hand to shift the gear into park,” Browne said. “When she’s hitting the gas, a single round was discharged from his firearm, striking the woman in the chest.”

After shooting Davis, the cop told her to get out of the car. She complied, but collapsed on the pavement. A bystander cradled Davis’ head as she bled profusely in the street. She later died in a local hospital.

Police insist Davis was shot during a struggle and was grabbing for the detective’s gun. Michael Palladino, head of the Detectives Endowment Association, told reporters that he’s confident the shooting will be deemed appropriate and justified. However, some witnesses claim Davis was not trying to escape once officers were inside the vehicle.

Davis was on bail for attempted murder and kidnapping stemming from an incident in May. Despite her record, community leaders are pressing for an investigation of the incident, citing the officer’s record of being sued for civil rights violations.

“The officer who did this shooting is known that he has two civil rights discriminatory suits against him currently and he’s known out here as someone who razes people,” said City Council Member Jumaane Williams. “So if were going to be talking about people’s records, I think we should talk about the shooter and the victim at the same time.”

  • http://www.itsoftenbeensaid.wordpress.com Sasha

    Only comment on the matter: her record speaks for itself.

  • Melancholy Soul

    I was thinking the same. Her record complicates things.

  • OSHH

    Careful now cause although this young woman was obviously troubled, does that mean she deserved to be shot and killed while unarmed at that?
    There are certain protocols for the use of deadly force, even on folk with records.

  • CurlySue

    Struggling with a cop when there’s a gun drawn is a great way to get shot.

  • Melancholy Soul

    I don’t think it was it implied that she deserved to get shot, but rather her having a criminal record and the events that transpired makes it difficult to tell who was at fault for her getting shot.

  • OSHH

    Melancholy Soul I don’t know for sure but I think the outrage people have is over questions of whether those protocols were followed here and I get it’s all a lil murky.

    Curly Sue, yeah, I wouldn’t advise it.

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    What?! Black woman committing crime? Black woman shot under mysterious circumstances by police? This is not possible judging by some of the comments in “Why We Have Lost Trust in Our Law Enforcement”.

    No I see what the problem here, this woman must have been mistaken for a man, maybe one of those butch lesbians. Yes thats it, because we all know the police do not shoot black women.

  • Nicole

    Based on her record she was not and wasnt going to be a productive member of society…

  • KB

    No it doesn’t. Right is right, wrong is wrong. To take someone’s life is WRONG. We must stop co-signing our own oppression. We have been conditioned to believe that “some” people should be dealt with in a certain way. Human beings with their own ideas about who is deserving of what complicate things, not her record. If she was guilty of the crimes her record indicates, then it was up to the judicial system to assign her the appropriate punishment, not the officer. So glad when Jesus went to heal and spread the Gospel, He didn’t pause to think about how an individual’s record might “complicate” things.

  • Alexandra

    Same here. She was 23 yrs old, a female, with a criminal record like that? What was she doing with her life?! Made me sick seeing people defend her when she put their lives in danger cruising through red lights in heavily crowded neighborhood. I don’t think she should’ve been shot to death though. Too often cops shoot to kill rather than shoot to immobilize.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    I am confused by these comments. She deserved to be killed because she had a criminal record?

  • lostluv224

    Noone deserves to have their life taken.

    But her actions brought this on. A lot more people could have died due to her recklessness

    May God bring peace to all involved.

  • CurlySue

    I don’t think the point is that she “deserved” to die but more that her life choices were leading her down a path where early death seemed almost certain.

  • http://www.itsoftenbeensaid.wordpress.com Sasha

    @Melancholy Soul: Calm down, I never said she “deserved” to get shot however your reputation often precedes you. This is the same case with Troy Davis (apples and oranges I know but strange fruit). People always acted like he was an angel and a victim of some cruel cosmic force however one look into his record will show you he had a very long, blemished record. Lead police on a high speed chase then continue to fight with an armed police officer seems like something a criminal would do and its stupid. I say the very same thing from people who run from the police and then complain when “excessive force” is used.

  • Whatever

    Most important statement:

    “The officer who did this shooting is known that he has two civil rights discriminatory suits against him currently and he’s known out here as someone who razes people,” said City Council Member Jumaane Williams. “So if were going to be talking about people’s records, I think we should talk about the shooter and the victim at the same time.”

  • Melacnholy Soul

    SASHA Calm down? I never said you said she deserved to be shot. I think your comment is directed to the wrong person.

  • http://www.itsoftenbeensaid.wordpress.com Sasha

    @Melancholy Soul: Sorry I typed in haste, I meant that to go to OSHH not you. Have a god afternoon :o)

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