A 25-year-old Virginia woman was shot and killed by two Norfolk, Virginia police officers Saturday after making a “threatening motion” with a fake gun, according to Mic.
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India M. Beaty reportedly was arguing with a man shortly before pulling out what looked like a handgun to threaten him. Police rushed to the scene and ordered her to drop the gun. “It wasn’t until after the shooting that the officers realized the woman was brandishing a fake weapon,” the report says.
In 2015, police officers in the United States have killed at least 28 people with weapons similar to the one 12-year-old Tamir Rice held when he was fatally shot by police, according to the Guardian. John Crawford III, 13-year-old Andy Lopez, Paul Gaston, Tiano Meton and other individuals have been fatally shot by police in pellet gun-related incidents. There appears to be a pattern.
There seems to be a double standard in the tactics used to subdue persons of color and white people. In 2014, a police officer asked 63-year-old Joseph Houseman to put down his gun so they could talk, after shouting at people with a rifle, in front of a Michigan Dairy Queen. In December 2014, two drunk white men shot up an Idaho Walmart with BB guns, and were taken into custody without incident. There are a number of stories like these.
The Washington Post also noticed the contrast between the Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Lewis Dear and Charleston church shooter Dylan Roof, when compared with Tamir Rice and John Crawford III, who were shot as soon as law enforcement appeared on the scene.
Beaty, who was engaged to be married, is the third person this year to be fatally shot by Norfolk police, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith said in a statement that the officers, currently on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated, will not have their names released during the probe.
Justice For…A List Of People Killed By Police In 2014 (PHOTOS)
1. Jordan Baker, 26, Killed January 2014 In Texas1 of 20
2. McKenzie Cochran, 25, Killed January 2014 In Detroit2 of 20
3. Keith Vidal, 18, Killed January 2014 In North Carolina3 of 20
4. Yvette Smith, 47, Killed February 2014 In Texas4 of 20
5. Victor White III, 22, Killed March 2014 In Louisiana5 of 20
6. Dontre Hamilton, 31, Killed April 2014 In Milwaukee6 of 20
7. Jason Harrison, 28, Killed June 2014 In Texas7 of 20
8. Eric Garner, 43, Killed July 2014 In NYC8 of 20
9. Ezell Ford, Killed August 2014 In California9 of 20
10. Dante Parker, 36, Killed August 2014 In California10 of 20
11. Kajieme Powell, 25, Killed August 2014 In St. Louis11 of 20
12. Omar Abrego, 37, Killed August 2014 In California12 of 20
13. Maria Godinez, 22, Killed August 2014 In Orlando13 of 20
14. Michael Brown Jr., 18, Killed August 2014 in Ferguson, Mo.14 of 20
15. Darrien Hunt, 22, Killed September 2014 In Utah15 of 20
16. Jack Jacquez, 27, Killed November 2014 In Colorado16 of 20
17. Tamir Rice, 12, Killed November 2014 In Ohio17 of 20
18. Akai Gurley, 28, Killed November 2014 In NYC18 of 20
19. Tanesha Anderson, 37, Killed November 2014 In Cleveland19 of 20
20. Rumain Brisbon, 34, Killed December 2014 In Arizona20 of 20