The arrest of a 66-year-old White woman in Connecticut, who was taken into custody unharmed after pointing a BB gun at police officers, is raising questions about the use of lethal force against people of color following the non-indictment of officers who fatally shot a 12-year-old Black child holding a toy gun.
Witnesses say a woman, later identified as Elaine Rothenberg of North Carolina, was seen walking around the Torrington Police Department with what appeared to be a handgun. Police say the woman, who stays at a residence in Torrington a few weeks out of the year, first pointed the gun at two civilians, asking if they were cops. The individuals ran away unharmed, WFSB reports.
A short time later, Rothenberg stood in the doorway of the employee entrance in what police described as a “shooting stance” before shouting that she hated cops.
“What are you doing, shoot me!” she said. “What are you scared of?”
According to WFSB, Rothenberg then raised the weapon towards police, yelling “boom, boom, boom.” The BB gun used in the incident was purchased earlier that day by Rothenberg “because it looked real.”
Police took Rothenberg into custody without incident, later charging her with first-degree threatening, seven counts of reckless endangerment, interfering with police, and second-degree breach of peace.
While Rothenberg will likely be given due process, victims like John Crawford and Tamir Rice — both Black individuals who were holding toy guns when they were fatally shot by police officers — weren’t even given a chance.
And when you consider that Rice, just a child, did not verbally threaten police or point his toy gun in their direction as Rothenberg had, it’s hard to imagine that police would consider a child in a park more dangerous than a grown woman holding a gun outside of a police station.
A curious case, don’t you agree?
SOURCE: WFSB | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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The Best Black Twitter Moments Of 2015
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1. The Michael Jordan crying meme was probably the most used on all of Black Twitter.
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2. #AskRachel was definitely one of the worst, but most hilarious, trending topics.
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3. The #Flotusbars were some of the best to hit the web.
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4. Drake vs. Meek was so epic, that Drizzy used the memes in his OVO Fest performance.
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5. Caitlyn Jenner shocked the whole world when she made her debut.
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6. …and then the Meek and Nicki “conversations” emerged.
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7. The #KylieJennerLipChallenge was a thing that should never have been a thing.
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8. The #FutureHive was in full effect all over Black Twitter.
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9. Riley Curry became the greatest of all time through the power of Black Twitter, and her cuteness.
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10. Black Twitter can’t get enough of The Weeknd’s hair.
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11. There isn’t much you CAN’T do with Drake’s “Hotline Bling” video.
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12. #CelebritiesOnlyBlackPeopleKnow was full of gems.
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13. Patti’s pies became a huge sensation for Thanksgiving this year.
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14. Oh, sad Michael. How you know everything we feel?
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15. C’mon guys, LeBron just wants to experiment with his fashion choices.
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16. If you haven’t heard a “what are thoooose?” joke yet, consider yourself lucky.
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17. If you haven’t heard a “what are thoooose?” joke yet, consider yourself lucky.
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18. Future became everyone’s Lord and Savior.
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19. Future became everyone’s Lord and Savior.
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20. Steve Harvey may never live the Miss Universe incident down.
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21. Steve Harvey may never live the Miss Universe incident down.
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22. ‘Empire’ caught the fade of tons of memes this year.
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23. We’re still waiting on A$AP Ferg’s #fourthcoming album.
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