Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Today's police victim whose "white privilege" did not help her: Melissa Boarts

From Parents: We sought help for daughter but officers shot her - The Greeneville Sun:
Boarts' mother, Terry Boarts, said she called 911 Sunday after her daughter left home and headed east toward Auburn on Interstate 85. She said her daughter had been diagnosed a bipolar manic depressive and was threatening to cut her wrists with a knife.

Police followed Boarts for several miles as she left the interstate and eventually pulled over on a road in Macon County, where she was killed. Macon County Coroner Hal Bentley said Boarts died from a single gunshot wound.

Boarts was white. The officers involved in the shooting have not been identified and their races were not immediately known.

McPhillips, the Boarts family's attorney, said they plan to pursue legal action.

"We just think it was so unnecessary," McPhillips said. "She had a pocket knife on her, and she's only 5 feet 4, maybe 130 pounds against these big old husky law enforcement officers. They could have Tased her or used a stick or something. They didn't need to shoot her."
Relevant: Half of people shot by police are mentally ill, investigation finds - Salon