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Pregnant Woman In Ferguson Loses Eye After Being Fired On By Police With ‘Bean Bag’

23917CED00000578-2852980-image-2_1417175267123Dornella Conner said she was never a threat to police in the protests in Ferguson.

But Conner, unfortunately, exists as a symbol of what could be called the police’s overzealous response to the protesters. Pregnant and strapped into her car seat, police fired “non lethal” bean bags at the vehicle she was riding in with her boyfriend. The glass was shattered and she lost her left eye in the fall out and has blurred vision in the right eye. 

She said she was sitting in her boyfriend’s, De’Angelas Lee’s, car as they were leaving a gas station when an officer fired the bean bag at the car, according to CBS St. Louis.

“They pulled up while we were coming towards the street,” she said. “De’Angelas was trying to get away. They blocked us from the side, front and back.”

Police arrived at the gas station to respond to reports of gunshots nearby, and the officer said he fired at the car because it was headed toward him.

Conner’s father did not accept that. “How can a pregnant person in a car in a seatbelt be causing chaos,” Donnell Conner, told KMOV-TV.

Dornella told Kmov.com: “I didn’t have any weapons. I wasn’t looting or anything. I was just out with my boyfriend. We was just riding around respecting Mike Brown.”

She has left her left eye and the vision in her right eye is blurry.

Meanwhile, evidence has emerged on just how much prosecutors purposely did not try to get an indictment of Wilson. According to reports, prosecutors used the term “marijuana” 44 times in questioning witnesses before the grand jury, clearly trying to introduce in the minds of grand jurors the image of Brown as drug-crazed.

The term “wax,” which refers to a highly potent and sticky tar that is made from concentrating marijuana’s active ingredient, THC, was also a hot button topic for prosecutors. In questioning it was established that one of the witnesses, a construction worker who spoke briefly with Brown on the day that he died, asked Brown if he had tried waxing.

None of the witnesses said they saw Brown wax or use marijuana on the day he was shot.

The toxicology report said Brown had 12 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood in his system. Michael Baden, the private pathologist hired by Brown’s family, disputed that Brown had a large amount of THC in his body, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“In this instance, I think [it] is significant that he smoked marijuana, but 99 out of 100 people taking marijuana aren’t going to get in a fight with a police officer over it, in my experience,” Baden said.

Assistant prosecuting attorney Kathi Alizadeh questioned the well-known pathologist three times, asking if he was a toxicologist, twice if he was a certified toxicology expert, twice if he was a pharmacologist and once if he had been certified as a an expert on pharmacology, The Post-Dispatch reported.

Baden countered with his expertise in interpreting toxicology reports as a medical examiner and said he ran a toxicology lab in New York City for five years.

Despite no evidence linking Brown to waxing, the prosecutors brought it up again on the final day of testimony, according to The Post-Dispatch.

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25 thoughts on “Pregnant Woman In Ferguson Loses Eye After Being Fired On By Police With ‘Bean Bag’

  1. Now the world sees the heavy hand of militarized police on innnocent Black youth! Its like the people of Gaza, or those from Puerto Rico during the test bombing of ammunition on the Island, or the people in the Philippines, or the Japanese who want the US base shut down, or those in France who got tired of being treated as second class citizens. We all see the same. We want to live in peace, but there are some people who don't want others to live in peace. Their motto is "no peace".

  2. Samuel Hill Jr. says:

    There are some people that only want to, Steal, Kill, an Destroy and we know who you are!

  3. Marilyn Decker says:

    For their own protection, they should not have been out riding around in such turbulent circumstances, especially with her pregnant. There was no way for police to know whether they were out just riding, or whether something was going to happen. The same thing could have happened had one of the rioters thrown something and it hit their car window.

  4. Bryan McCafferty says:

    Why would you put yourself in the middle of drama like that when you're pregnant?

  5. Story is pure fiction. Someone should check the background.

  6. All I have to say to you is that police are supposed to protect and serve. Police are obviously not doing their job right. And the only person who liked what you wrote is more than likely yourself.

  7. All I have to say to you is that police are supposed to protect and serve. Police are obviously not doing their job right. And the only person who liked what you wrote is more than likely yourself.

  8. Samuel Hill Jr. The media has brainwashed you so badly. There are more whites that are criminals than there are blacks. There are poor whites who steal, poor any race would likely steal to help provide for their families. If there was a movie on a poor man's mind, but it be a white person since most racist whites like yourself wouldn't see it if it was about a black person. They could base it off a black person though to trick you mentally ill people to see it then at the end say this was based on x x, a black person.

  9. Marilyn Decker says:

    Antonio Norwood First of all, I don't click "like" on my own comments. And secondly, I wasn't blasting anybody; I merely stated that for this woman's own protection she should have not been in the midst of riots. Wouldn't you tell you loved ones to stay in and be safe, especially if they were pregnant? How was the cop supposed to know she was pregnant, or that they weren't starting something? They're cops, not mind-readers, and the one cop said that the car was coming toward him. In a volatile, heated situation like that, it's better to stay out of harm's way. I'm not judging the couple or the cops; just stating that this was not a safe place for a pregnant woman.

  10. Samuel Hill Jr. yes and those people are overwhelmingly represented in police forces across the nation. Only it isn't considered a "crime" when police pigs do it.

  11. Why would you shoot up two people driving in a car leaving the gas station? Isn't that by definition a "drive-by"? When whites and police do it you seem to question the ppl who get shot instead of the shooters.

  12. There is nothing fictional about it. If you want to read fiction, see Darren Wilson's grand jury testimony.

  13. I like this guy lol.

  14. Bryan McCafferty says:

    Caleb Granger "We was just riding around respecting Mike Brown."

    She didn't have to be out there, she was participating in a dangerous demonstration during a declared emergency (which means stay off of the roads BTW) and put herself in harm's way.

    The penalty for that was losing her eye and vision in the other. A lesson to all, but a dramatic loss to this woman. Hopefully an example for others who want to contribute to the fracas going on in Ferguson that will lead them to reflect on what it is they're actually accomplishing.

    One would hope that she'd have more sense knowing that she's with child and about to become a mother, but unfortunately a high intellect isn't a prerequisite for reproduction.

  15. Bryan McCafferty says:

    Antonio Norwood How many middle class blacks without criminal records are out in Ferguson burning stuff or acting up? None because they have to go to work tomorrow and have better things to do.

    Same thing with the lazy white scumbags who riot, they don't have their priorities in order and feel owed something by the rest of society.

    I was in a multi ethnic line at a store outside of Milwaukee ( whites are the minority second to Asians, blacks and hispanics are the majority populations.) on black Friday talking to everyone about what we were buying, laughing, and just being civil normal people.

    However you feel about the verdict most people aren't blocking highways (ambulances) or burning things down, and most people have their own lives and families to worry about instead of putting them at risk by going buck wild in the streets. Most people aren't racists and most people just want to get along in their lives without drama.

  16. Bryan McCafferty says:

    Antonio Norwood How many middle class blacks without criminal records are out in Ferguson burning stuff or acting up? None because they have to go to work tomorrow and have better things to do.

    Same thing with the lazy white scumbags who riot, they don't have their priorities in order and feel owed something by the rest of society.

    I was in a multi ethnic line at a store outside of Milwaukee ( whites are the minority second to Asians, blacks and hispanics are the majority populations.) on black Friday talking to everyone about what we were buying, laughing, and just being civil normal people.

    However you feel about the verdict most people aren't blocking highways (ambulances) or burning things down, and most people have their own lives and families to worry about instead of putting them at risk by going buck wild in the streets. Most people aren't racists and most people just want to get along in their lives without drama.

  17. Bryan McCafferty says:

    Antonio Norwood You'd let your pregnant girlfriend go out in a warzone like Ferguson?

  18. Marilyn Decker says:

    Bryan McCafferty I agree. The situation was escalated and dangerous, and this just was not a safe environment for her or the baby. Her boyfriend wasn't really thinking either, taking her out into that mess. It didn't say whether the baby was okay, but hopefully so. Nothing was mentioned, so we can assume she didn't miscarry.

  19. Samuel Hill Jr. says:

    Mr. Antonio Norwood, I am fully awake concerning the condition of OUR Race! There are people such as you that does not fully understand the exactly Meaning of what has transpired thru written words in a text!
    If you would read my First Text again you will see the true meaning of what I had said. We as a Race in this Country do not invade other Nations just to steal the vital resources of that Nation, we as a Race do not invade other Nations to kill the inhabitants an claim it is to FREE them from the injustices that is being forced upon them, an WE as a race in this Country do not invade other countries an Destroy it! Because we have NOTHING! And I said WE because I am BLACK an PROUD OF IT! Maybe you can understand it if I broke it down so YOUR BRAINWASHED MIND can understand it better! THE DEVIL COMES TO STEAL, KILL AN DESTROY, so who is the DEVILS in this Country?it can't be us because we HAVE NOTHING BUT OR PRIDE, have a seat.

  20. Bryan McCafferty Wake up and come into the real world. You sound like you were raised in a Disney cartoon with that nonsense. In the real world people have to fight for freedom "by any means necessary" and when a system fails time and again to deliver justice then there's no reason in hell why those the system does not work for should play by that system's rules. And as much as you want to pretend otherwise, the vast majority of white people have internalized thoughts of white supremacy. Saying, "I'm not racist", "I have a black friend", and "I don't see color" isn't going to absolve you.

  21. Here is what the article didn't mention: Police say Conner’s boyfriend, 21-year-old DeAngelas Lee, tried to run down a detective who was at a gas station parking lot in Ferguson at around 2 a.m.

  22. Aundra Allen says:

    black people we are at war with the police I don't care if they hug or whatever they did another black person that still not going to change my point of view the police killed Michael Brown and cold blood

  23. Bryan McCafferty shouldn't be a warzone at the first place…

  24. Bryan McCafferty shouldn't be a warzone at the first place…

  25. Dennis Creighton I don't understand people… WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A PREGNANT WOMAN GETTING SHOT IN THE EYE BY A POLICE OFFICER JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE RIDING AROUND TO SUPPORT A CAUSE. yall need to stop looking at the color of the skin and look at the fact which is —-> POLICE IS SUPPOSE TO PROTECT, not kill by pleasure.
    BTW they have let the body of mike brown uncovered for several hours… just fruit for thoughts..
    ALL SUPPORT FROM BELGIUM TO MIKE BROWN AND OTHER INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED, AND THE BRAVE PEOPLE ENDURING A POLICE CONSTANT BRUTALITY OUT THERE. WE LOVE YOU ALL.

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