Joyriding in what may have been a stolen car, a group of teenage girls were fired upon by Denver police, killing 17-year-old Jessica (Jessie) Hernandez. Her autopsy report
shows that she died of multiple gunshot wounds.
The problem, is, though, that in the initial police statements after Jessie's death, police made it out like they shot and killed Jessie after she deliberately hit an officer with the car, breaking his leg. Here's the account from the police chief the night of the shooting:
Police Chief Robert White says the first officer to arrive ran the license plate and determined the vehicle was stolen.
"As the officer exited the vehicle, the driver of the (stolen) vehicle struck one of the officers in the leg," White said.
He said both officers then fired several shots at the teenaged driver. White said a total of five "very young" people were in the car.
A passenger in the car, though, in this video
, says that's just not what happened and that Jessie didn't lose control and hit the officer until after she was shot and killed.
Exactly one week before this shooting, another 17-year-old teenage girl, Kristiana Coignard, was shot and killed by police in Texas.