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Missouri Investigates Kansas City Police Shooting of Pregnant Black Woman Leonna Hale

HeadlineJun 01, 2022

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has launched an investigation after police officers in Kansas City shot a pregnant Black woman named Leonna Hale on Friday. The shooting occurred after police stopped Hale and a man in a parking lot after a suspected carjacking. An eyewitness said police initially asked Hale to get on the ground, but she said she couldn’t because she was pregnant. After police began approaching her with their guns drawn, she tried to run away. An eyewitness posted a video describing the aftermath of the shooting.

Eyewitness: “I stopped here to get some gas, y’all, and to get some ice cream for my kids, y’all. And my sons just watched this. My 1-year-old son just watched this, my 10-year-old son just watched this, and my 13-year-old son just watched this happen. The man ran. She was finna cooperate. She got scared. She ran down there. They shot her — one, two, three, four!”

Leonna Hale was hospitalized with a broken arm and a collapsed lung.

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