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“Trying to kill us”

Black woman killed in police standoff posted Instagram videos of her son during encounter

By WITW Staff on August 4, 2016

The deadly police standoff outside of Baltimore, Maryland, on Monday in which a 23-year-old woman was killed may have been exacerbated and made worse by her posts on Instagram during the encounter, police have said. Korryn Gaines, who barricaded herself in an apartment with her 5-year-old child and a shotgun when police came to serve an arrest warrant on her, posted videos to Instagram in which she asked her son, who was outside, what was happening.

“The police,” he responded.

“And what are they trying to do?” she said.

“They trying to kill us,” he responded.

Other users commented on the video encouraging Gaines to defy police orders and refuse to surrender peacefully. Baltimore County Sheriff’s officer who were at the scene trying to negotiate with Gaines submitted an emergency request to Facebook to deactivate her accounts, and Facebook complied, which made all of her posts inaccessible to the public during the standoff. Eventually, as Gaines continued to point her shotgun at officers and then threatened to kill them, police fired shots, she shot back, and then she was killed by officers’ gunfire. Gaines’ son was injured in the exchange of gunfire.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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