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Body Cam Footage Shows Ohio Police’s Fatal Shooting Of Pregnant Black Woman



21-Year-Old Pregnant Mother Of 2 Fatally Shot By Of Police In Kroger Parking Lot

Ta’Kiya Young, 21-Year-Old Pregnant Mother Of 2 Fatally Shot By Of Police In Kroger Parking Lot

Body camera footage showing the final moments of a pregnant Black woman who was shot and killed by police in an Ohio parking lot last week is expected to be released to the public on Friday.

Ta’Kiya Young, a 21-year-old from Columbus, was pronounced dead shortly after the Aug. 24 shooting outside a grocery store in the suburb of Blendon Township.

Her unborn daughter did not survive. Suspected of shoplifting, police say Young was killed after she accelerated her car toward an officer.

The family’s lawyer, Sean Walton, claims the police department has waited to release the body-cam video to minimize media attention on potentially damaging footage.

Walton did not immediately respond to phone messages from The Associated Press seeking additional comment.

Blendon Township Police Chief John Belford said the delay resulted from a small staff trying to process the video and properly redact certain footage in accordance with Ohio law. The family will be able to review the video before it’s made public, he said.

The police chief gave a brief account of the shooting in an Aug. 25 video statement in which he said two officers were helping someone get into a locked car when a supermarket employee told them several people were leaving with stolen items.

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