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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 kind of 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’s also not a gun.
But why can’t three cops, in the middle of their own lobby,
subdue a knife-wielding teen girl without using lethal force.
Coignard was shot four times, and three police officers have
been placed on administrative leave in conjunction with
“American police will kill you. Run from them, they’ll kill you. Act nervous when they scream at you and they’ll kill you.
Do nothing at all and they’ll kill you. Walk down the stairs
and they’ll kill you. Put your hands up and they’ll kill you.
Mental illness matters not to American police if they imagine,
sense, or perceive a threat of any kind; They will shoot you
over and over again until you die.
It’s not this way around the world, but in the good ‘ol US of A,
our officers are shooting and killing people at a record pace.
So, when Kristiana Coignard walked into a Longview,
Texas police department, and picked up the phone there to speak to someone, the fact that she would soon
be shot to death by three police officers may have already occurred to her, but as details emerge about her
shooting death, it’s hard to imagine if she walked into a police department in nearly any other country in the
world that she would’ve died in a barrage of bullets.”
This is from an article in Daily KOS: