Alteria Woods, a 21-year-old mother to be, became another innocent woman killed by law enforcement. In Gifford, Florida on Sunday, Woods was caught in the crossfire of a shootout when a S.W.A.T team raided a “known drug house,” reports CBS 12.
According to deputies, officers went to the house to serve a warrant to Woods’ boyfriend, Andrew Coffee IV, and his father, Andrew Coffee III, when the son allegedly fired at them, the report says. Three deputies returned fire and according to Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar, Coffee tried to use his girlfriend as a shield.
“Andrew Coffee IV cowardly was using her as protection,” said Loar, writes the television news outlet.
Arlene Cooper, Alteria Woods’ aunt, told CBS 12, “I’ve never heard of this before. We don’t know what to do, no closure. I was in shock…four months pregnant.”
Many people gathered at the scene of the shooting on Sunday to call for justice and peace between Black communities and law enforcement. The demonstration was reflective of a recent push to uplift more Black women, girls, and femmes who suffer harm from law enforcement.
“I feel justice haven’t been done in this community, and something needs to be done,” Cooper told the TV news station.
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31 Black Women Who Died In Police Custody
1. Kathryn Johnston, 92Source:Getty 1 of 26
2. Tarika Wilson, 26Source:Getty 2 of 26
3. Shereese Francis, 30Source:Getty 3 of 26
4. Shantel Davis, 23Source:Getty 4 of 26
5. Alesia Thomas, 35Source:Getty 5 of 26
6. Malissa Williams, 30Source:Getty 6 of 26
7. Darnesha Harris, 17Source:Getty 7 of 26
8. Shelly Frey, 27Source:Getty 8 of 26
9. Miriam Carey, 34Source:Getty 9 of 26
10. Yvette Smith, 47Source:Getty 10 of 26
11. Michelle Cusseaux, 50Source:Getty 11 of 26
12. Aura Rosser, 40Source:Getty 12 of 26
13. Tanisha Anderson, 37Source:Getty 13 of 26
14. Eleanor Bumpurs, 66Source:Getty 14 of 26
15. Natasha McKenna, 37Source:Getty 15 of 26
16. Janisha Fonville, 20Source:Getty 16 of 26
17. Meagan Hockaday, 26Source:Getty 17 of 26
18. Alexia Christian, 25Source:Getty 18 of 26
19. Sandra Bland, 28Source:Getty 19 of 26
20. Gynnya McMillen, 16Source:Getty 20 of 26
21. Symone Marshall, 22Source:Getty 21 of 26
22. Korryn Gaines, 23Source:Getty 22 of 26
23. Deborah Danner, 66Source:Getty 23 of 26
24. Alteria Woods, 21Source:Getty 24 of 26
25. Charleena Lyles, 30Source:Getty 25 of 26
26. Cariann Denise Hithon, 22Source:Getty 26 of 26
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