A Ferguson woman who was shot in the head last Tuesday during early moments of a peaceful Michael Brown protest said she is still waiting for police to take action.This is from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the day after the shooting:
“No officer ever showed up to speak with me... neither from Ferguson police or St. Louis County," Mya Aaten-White told News 4.
About 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, a woman was shot in the head in the 1300 block of Highmont Drive, west of West Florissant Avenue near the QuikTrip gas station, St. Louis County Police said. Ferguson police said the wound was superficial.Mya Aaten-White says she was walking to her car after protesting when she was hit. And not only are police not investigating, she says she couldn't even get an ambulance without multiple calls:
It appeared to be a drive-by shooting. Police said they were looking for four or five men. The woman was shot once and is expected to survive. It was unknown if the shooting was related to the protests in the area.
“We had to call 911 three times before we got a response vehicle there,” she said. “When they arrived, officers came with guns drawn. They questioned the homeowners about how long they’ve lived in the house; if it was under their name, and asked me what happened. I said ‘I was shot,’ obviously.’”The next morning, police announced they believed the shooting was unrelated to the protests.
Aaten-White graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. When her alma mater found out police weren’t taking her case seriously, they hired a lawyer to step in.
In retrospect, that is quite a statement considering they never even followed up with an investigation.