A black Baltimore County woman was shot and killed Monday night, and her 5-year-old child she was holding was injured by police after the woman repeatedly pointed a gun at them.
Police arrived to the suburban Baltimore home of Korryn Gaines on Monday night to execute arrest warrants on her and a man staying at her apartment, the Baltimore Sun reported.
The unnamed man ran from the home with a 1-year-old child in his arms, but was caught and apprehended.
— Tiarra Lowery (@tiarrabanks1) August 2, 2016
Law enforcement obtained a key to the apartment and identified themselves several times, but Gaines didn’t answer.
When they opened the door, Gaines was on the floor with a 5-year-old child in her arms when she pointed a long gun at one of the three officers, according to the Sun.
Officers retreated and Gaines barricaded herself in her home, repeatedly pointing the long gun at them during the hours long standoff. She told police “if you don’t leave, I’m going to kill you,” Elise Armacost, director of the Public Affairs Section for Baltimore County Police, Fire and Emergency Management, told reporters at press conference.
Video of this evening’s press conference about the police involved shooting in Randallstown is now on YouTube. https://t.co/orQu4k1qHy
— BACO Public Safety (@BACOPoliceFire) August 2, 2016
“We are of course extremely upset at an event like this,” Armacost said. “We do not like to be in a position of having to use lethal force, but this was a situation where our officers exercised patience for hours and hours.”
“We are very relieved the child was not seriously injured,” she said.
It appears to be a pretty open and shut case by anyone’s standards, yet there are still members of the Black Lives Matter movement who are outraged and demanding justice for the woman who held a child while holding police at bay.
This is a situation that can be a tipping point for the Black Lives Matter movement.
There are legitimate cases of the use of force by police that deserve questioning and examination — cases like the shootings of Laquan McDonald, Oscar Grant and Charles Kinsey.
But when a group defends the actions of a woman who showed blatant disregard for her life, the life of her child and the lives of those police officers, that group has jumped the shark.
It undermines the cases where there are legitimate questions and the mission of the group as a whole.
On Tuesday, members of the movement took to social media to express their outrage because, apparently, they believe a person’s skin color should give them unlimited, special rights beyond that of any other citizen. Like the right to point guns at police and face no consequences.
JFC. Law enforcement kills a mother and shoots her 5 year old child. This is horrendous. #KorrynGaines
— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) August 2, 2016
Another victim, another hashtag. It’s bad enough that an innocent black woman was shot, but a child?! This is outrageous. #KorrynGaines
— frank castle trash (@akasmiIe) August 2, 2016
#KorrynGaines lost her life over a handful of misdemeanors. A victim of a system that consistently targets African Americans. May she RIP.
— Sarah Anglin (@hello_misssarah) August 2, 2016
They out here shooting babies now too? Rest in peace #KorrynGaines
— Romaze Akram (@RomazeAkram) August 1, 2016
— Black Excellence (@MsChanel09) August 1, 2016
— 1deja (@dejasview) August 2, 2016
Many others, including some who identified with the Black Lives Matter movement, defended the Baltimore County police and blamed Gaines for what happened.
@stopbeingfamous look Im all with the Blm when its time but this chick aimed a weapon at them putting her kids at risk u can’t defend that
— Z•CO (@ZCOSEVEN) August 2, 2016
Only despicable human beings use a child as a human shield
Only despicable human beings defend that person to fit their agenda#KorrynGaines
— Crying SJW (@cryingsjw) August 2, 2016
If you point a gun at ANY armed person, much less a cop, yeah, you’re probably going to get shot. #KorrynGaines
— Space Bunnyopoulos (@Spacebunnyday) August 2, 2016
This is a tragedy regardless of “why” But Please Stop with the fake racial injustice, It happens but it didn’t happen here. #KorrynGaines
— Kevin Lawson (@TheRealKLawson) August 2, 2016
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) August 2, 2016
Apparently all black people have a right to shoot at cops without having to worry about the cops returning fire. Good to know. #KorrynGaines
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 2, 2016
— Tiarra Lowery (@tiarrabanks1) August 2, 2016
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