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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