Korryn Gaines becomes latest black woman lost in police shooting

Korryn Gaines
Korryn Gaines

source: Autostraddle
published: 5 August 2016

On Monday, Baltimore police went to serve warrants at the home of 23-year-old Korryn Gaines — Gaines had a warrant for failure to show up in court regarding a traffic violation, and allegedly a man staying in the home had a warrant for assault.

The officer said no one answered his knock, after which he got a key from the landlord but, since the door was also chained shut, kicked the door in. Police report that Gaines was inside with a shotgun, at which point he called for backup. After a six-hour standoff, Korryn Gaines was shot and killed, and her five-year-old son was shot in the arm.

Gaines had recorded police interactions for the sake of safety and documentation previously, and was recording and posting at least some of what she was experiencing to Instagram — until police contacted Instagram and Facebook and had them shut down her accounts.

Police say they did so because “followers were encouraging her not to comply with negotiators’ requests that she surrender peacefully.”

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