Good thing there’s no police problem in America, right?
Melissa Boarts was threatening suicide over the weekend when her family decided to call 911 in an effort to get their daughter some help.
Apparently, the 36-year-old suffered from bipolar disorder and told her parents she was going to slit her wrists before getting into her car and leaving their home in Auburn, Alabama on Sunday.
Melissa’s parents and twin sister tried to follow her, but eventually lost track of her SUV and called local police to intervene before she hurt herself.
However, when the officers finally arrived, instead of calming her down, they shot her to death when she aggressively exited the vehicle.
The family is now seeking legal action for their daughter’s murder. Attorney Julian McPhillips released a statement on Tuesday, saying:
“She’s only 5’4″ and 130 lbs., and she had a pocket knife and was going to maybe cut her wrists and she was suicidal. All these cars were chasing her on the interstate only because the parents had alerted them that she was maybe dangerous to herself and rather than helping her, they put a bullet in her.”
We understand that she reportedly lunged at the officer, but how much of a threat could she really have posed considering all she was carrying was a small pocket knife?
Our thoughts are with Melissa’s friends and family at this difficult time.
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