Bodycam Video Released in Police Killing of Pregnant Woman

Shooting of Ta'Kiya Young is under investigation in Ohio
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2023 1:44 AM CDT

Bodycam video has been released of the fatal police shooting of a pregnant Black woman in Ohio. Ta'Kiya Young, 21, can be seen in her car in the parking lot of a Kroger grocery store, where an employee had just accused her of shoplifting. Bodycam video from both officers involved has been released by Blendon Township, the Columbus Dispatch reports. One officer approaches her window and tells her to get out of the car; she can be heard asking, "For what?" and saying, "I'm not going to do that." Another officer walks to the front of the car with his weapon drawn and his other hand on the hood. As Young is seen moving the steering wheel and the car starts moving forward, that second officer shoots a single time through the windshield, killing Young and her unborn child. That officer's feet can be seen lifted off the ground as the car hits him, USA Today reports.

The township is not naming the officers involved because, it says, they were the victims of an assault; the officer who did not fire had his arm inside Young's window when she accelerated. Young's family identified the officer who shot her as Connor Grubb, who has been with the department since 2019, but the township would not confirm that. Young's family is calling for justice for what it calls a "gross misuse of power and authority," and a lawyer for the family says the bodycam video speaks for itself. "I saw a young woman get killed," she says. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting, and eventually the Franklin County Prosecutor's office will present the case to a grand jury. (More police shooting stories.)

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