Talk about wrong place, wrong timing by a driver and passenger when caught off-guard by a police officer’s poor judgment. De’Angelas Lee was driving with his girlfriend, Dornella Conners Tuesday morning when they stopped at a gas station near the 10,000 block of New Halls Ferry Road in north county nearing the burning of building and looting in Ferguson the night before. Reportedly, Conners stated that they were driving away from the gas station when they found themselves surrounded by police officers.
“They pulled up while we were coming towards the street, De’Angelas was trying to get away, they blocked us from the side, front and back.”
— Dornella Conners
Dornella claimed that they were trying to drive around the police but they were blocked and that is when a police officer claiming fear for his life shot at the passenger window with a bean-bag rifle. Well, at least the officer didn’t use live ammo. I seem to remember police officials announcing to the media that despite all of the gunfire by protesters and rioters Monday night, no shots were fire by police. I guess that should have clarified that statement that no bullets were fired at rioters, bystanders, or protesters. Apparently, the bean-bag shot broke the car window and between shattered glass and the bean-bag, Dornella was hit in the face. Conners is now permanently blind in one eye. Although, it is unclear at this time whether racial profiling was involved, it is my opinion that, in light of recent protest and riot events that police officers need to basically think before they act. Yet, the police claimed that the vehicle was driving at the officers and they were feared for their lives which is why they were shot at with the bean-bag. Naturally, the police claims no liability because 16 people were arrested at the gas station that night and they have even issued a warrant for Dornella’s boyfriend, De’Angelas with a $50,000 bond.