Family disputes police shooting claims

by Benjamin Farniok

A woman was shot Thursday evening by police in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Her family has disputed whether or not the woman was armed at the time she was shot, according to the Star Tribune[BF1] .  

The woman, identified as Tania Harris, was shot twice in the abdomen by police, but is in stable condition, according to a statement from Black Lives Matters. [BF2] 

Hennepin County Sherrif Rich Stanek told that she was holding a knife during her confrontation with officers.

Stanek’s office is investigating the events surrounding the shooting, according to the Star Tribune.

Harris’ mothers said Harris was unarmed at the time she was shot, according to a report from Channel 5 Eyewitness News[BF3] .

“The police’s attempts to vilify Tania and immediately justify their unnecessary violence towards her in the media reflects a larger pattern in which black victims of police shootings around the country have been demonized,” the statement reads.

The statement calls for government officials to investigate the event, in order to hold the officer accountable.