- Jul 23, 2014
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A teen girl in Longview, Texas, was fatally shot by police officers last Thursday after showing up at the Longview Police Department (LPD) "brandishing a weapon." In interviews and official statements, the department has been vague about what kindof weapon Kristiana Coignard, 17, was carrying—a news release from LPD is titled "Longview Police Identify the Suspect in January 23rd Shooting," giving the impression our suspect/victim was wielding a gun herself. But Longview Mayor Jay Dean said he was told that Coignard was carrying a knife.
A knife is certainly not nothing. But it is also not a gun. And one can't help but wonder why three cops, in the middle of their own lobby, were unable to subdue a knife-wielding teen girl without the use of lethal force. Coignard was shot multiple times—some sources are saying four times, though I couldn't confirm this—and three police officers have been placed on administrative leave in conjunction with the shooting
Teen Girl Fatally Shot by Cops at Texas Police Station - Hit Run Reason.com
Suicide by cop? Maybe. But I have a feeling that police are trained to kill and not to serve and protect us. Did anyone have a tazer? And what kind of people hire as a police officer that can't take a knife from a small 17 year old girl?