Video shows police officer fatally shooting Black woman after she shouts ‘I’m pregnant’

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She was on the ground when she was shot.

A Black woman was shot and killed by a Texas police officer after she told him that she was pregnant and tried to use the officer’s Taser from the ground.

The incident can be seen in a viral video, which was filmed by an unknown bystander the police are now seeking for questioning. The woman’s family has identified her as Pamela Turner.

“I’m actually walking to my house. You are actually harassing me,” Turner can be heard telling the officer in the video. “I’m pregnant!”

Warning: The following video is graphic and captures the fatal shooting described above. Discretion is advised.

The Baytown Police Department issued a statement via Facebook, writing that the officer opened fire on Turner after a struggled attempt to arrest her. The officer first used his Taser on Turner, who later got control of the Taser and used it on the officer. The statement alleges that this “forced” the officer to shoot Turner.

The video shows Turner on the ground for most of the struggle, including at the time the officer shoots her. Five shots can be heard throughout the entirety of the video.

According to the statement, the officer fired “multiple rounds” at Turner, shooting her at least once. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer came across Turner while patrolling her apartment complex. The officer knew Turner from “previous encounters” and was also aware that she had outstanding warrants, according to the statement.

Turner’s sister, Antoinette, said that the officer also lived in the apartment complex and was Turner’s neighbor. Antoinette said Turner had previously complained to her that the officer was harassing Turner.

The officer, an 11-year veteran with the department, has not yet been identified. The officer was wearing a body camera at the time, department spokesman Lt. Steve Dorris told KHOU. Dorris said the footage has not been released because of the ongoing open investigation.

“It’s unfortunate that somebody takes a tragic incident like this and posts it on social media,” Dorris told KPRC. “It’s extremely disrespectful for everybody involved, but that’s the day and age we live in with social media.”

The claim that Turner was pregnant has not yet been verified by an autopsy. Turner’s family members have said that she had mental health issues.

The Black Lives Matter Houston chapter organized a protest at the same area Turner was killed and responded to the Baytown Police Department’s statement on Facebook.

“This is an attempt to cover their own asses by criminalizing a Black woman. HOLD them accountable!” the group wrote.

The American Civil Liberties Union also posted a statement on Twitter, calling for an independent investigation into the incident and for the officer’s bodycam footage to be released immediately.

“There is nothing disrespectful or inappropriate about documenting or sharing video of the way police act in our communities, especially when they kill someone,” the ACLU wrote.

Pamela Turner’s name also became a trending topic on Twitter, with many calling for an end to police brutality.

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Eilish O'Sullivan

Eilish O'Sullivan

Eilish O'Sullivan is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot studying journalism and government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.