Woman Loses Eye in Encounter With Cop in Ferguson

Dornnella Conner says she was just 'respecting Mike Brown' in Ferguson
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2014 12:54 PM CST
Woman Loses Eye in Encounter With Cop in Ferguson
Dornella Conners lost her left eye when a police officer fired a nonlethal beanbag round at the car her boyfriend was driving on the outskirts of Ferguson, Mo.   (???????? ???????)

A reportedly pregnant St. Louis woman who says she was simply "respecting Mike Brown" is blind in her left eye and can't see well out of her right eye after a police officer shot a round of beanbags at the car she was riding in, KMOV reports. Dornnella Conner says she and boyfriend De'Angelas Lee were trying to leave a Ferguson gas station where protests were taking place Tuesday morning when cops pulled up. Conner says they were "blocked" in and that Lee was just trying to get around one of the squad cars when an officer blasted a round of beanbags, smashing the front passenger window and injuring Conner. Another police officer on the scene helped Conner get medical attention, while Lee drove away. "I didn't have any weapons. I wasn't looting or anything," Conner tells the TV station. "I was just out with my boyfriend and we was just riding around just respecting Mike Brown."

Police dispute her account, saying that Lee drove directly toward them (not around them), and that the officer who shot the beanbags feared for his own safety; an arrest warrant for Lee has been issued with a $50,000 bond. Meanwhile, Conner's father, Donnell, wants to know how anyone could seriously think his daughter could have been a threat that warranted that type of police action. "I'm very upset, very disappointed with the tactics that they used," he tells KMOV. "I understand they have a tough job, I understand that it was chaos. … But how can a pregnant person, in a car in a seat belt, be causing chaos?" Conner herself yesterday posted on Facebook, "I will have [justice] for what they did [to] me but [I'm] happy [I'm] alive." (A woman died after she accidentally shot herself with a gun she bought to prepare for Ferguson protests.)

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