” The heartbreaking case of Kristiana Coignard, a 17-year-old girl gunned down by Longview, Texas, police officers in the lobby of their own police station last Thursday, has drawn the attention of the online hacker collective “Anonymous,” which threatened retaliation Saturday against the police and the city of Longview over the girl’s death by police gunfire.
The Inquisitr on Sunday reported the tragic but equally mysterious story of the Kristiana Coignard killing, which took place after the teen walked into the Longview police station lobby in the early evening and used a courtesy phone, requesting to speak with an officer.
“ When Officers arrived they were confronted by a white female who threatened them,” according to the Longview Police Facebook page. “The suspect brandished a weapon, made threatening movements toward the officers and was shot.” “
Kristiana Coignard was reportedly shot “multiple times,” with three officers involved. She was transported to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead. But police have not released any video or audio of the incident though they have acknowledged that such evidence exists.”
Here is a surveillance camera video of the killing. The confrontation escalates to the physical at about eight minutes and the shooting starts at approximately the 11 minute mark:
The police’s version of events goes like this:
” According to police, Kristiana Coignard entered the lobby of the police station at 6:28 p.m., picked up the lobby phone and asked for help, but she would not say why she needed help.
Officer Glenn Derr was the first officer to arrive. When he did, police say Coignard indicated that she had a gun.
“ She had ‘I have a gun’ written on her hand,” Brian said.
A physical confrontation began when Derr tried to secure Coignard.
During the confrontation, Derr determined Coignard had a butcher knife that she was trying to pull from her waistband.
Derr got away from Coignard. Then, Officer Gene Duffie entered the lobby during the confrontation and drew his Taser.
A third officer, Grace Bagley, entered the department lobby and saw Coignard had a knife. Police say Coignard charged Derr with the knife in a threatening manner. Duffie then deployed his Taser at Coignard, but police said it had no effect.
Derr then fired his weapon three times, and Bagley fired her weapon twice. “
A careful viewing of the video begs many questions . For one , why was Officer Derr alone in dealing with the girl for the first few minutes , why after he had her on the ground , face down was he not able to keep her there , and finally after two other officers arrive , why do they allow her to stand up ? Also , in the video it is apparent that after again gaining her footing , the young lady does not charge the cops , but heads for the counter when the officers open fire . Where was the imminent threat ?
Another question that comes to mind is what kind of marksmanship training do these cops receive when three officers had to fire five shots in the confines of the lobby ? What was the range ? 10 feet ? 15 tops ?
Undoubtedly the police will rule the shooting justified , as is nearly always the case , but we find it disgraceful that three officers were incapable of subduing a slender teenaged girl , armed with a knife or not , without using deadly force . Apparently the officer’s singular duty is to protect their own lives and not those of the public . Shameful .