Deborah Danner deserved help and patience, not fatal bullets

Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old black woman, was known by the local police. But that didn’t stop them from killing her Tuesday evening.

The NYPD responded to a 911 call complaining about Danner, who had schizophrenia, yelling and screaming at residents. According to police, a uniformed sergeant approached Danner, who was naked and armed with scissors.

She was persuaded to put down the scissors but then allegedly picked up a baseball bat and attempted to hit the officer. She then purportedly charged at the officer with that bat — without delay, the sergeant opened fire into her torso twice. Instead of using a trained practice like a stun gun or another method of de-escalation, which he should very well know as someone in the force for eight years, he used his service gun.

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