On a fateful Sunday, of February 2016 at Inglewood, CA, the police responded to a caller who called around 3:10 am. The caller gave information about a suspicious vehicle parked on Manchester Boulevard at the time. When the police arrived, they engaged in a 45-minute long standoff before opening fire on the man and woman inside the vehicle, killing them both.
In the news release on the Monday following the shooting, the police claimed that the woman in the car had a gun. A spokesman for the Inglewood Police Department, Scott Collins said that the couple had refused to obey the officers commands to exit the vehicle and that the officers in fear for their safety opened fire on the car, killing the couple in the process.
The woman was pronounced dead shortly after the shooting. The man was still alive though with injuries, but he later succumbed to the pains of the injuries, after paramedics transported him to a local hospital, according to the LA Times.
The shooting seemed like it was an open and shut case until the next day when the Mayor, James Butts while responding to questions about the shooting opened a huge can of worms. He said that the man and woman did not die immediately in the fire breakout. He stated that they were unconscious for about 45 minutes, and that the police did make attempts to rouse them in an effort to curb the situation but it failed.
He also admitted that the couple was asleep in the car when the incident happened but he also quickly defended the officers by saying that at some point the couple must have been conscious, that is why somebody felt threatened.
However, the notion he gave was yet to be proven. And it was unlikely, because of the fact that not a single officer received a scratch, nor did the couple have any reason to be violent.
The victims whose names were Kisha Michael, aged 31, was a single mother of three sons, and Marquintan Sandlin, aged 32, was also a single father of four daughters.
Michael also had a twin sister who stated the obvious that it was possible that Kisha merely passed out on the way home from their night out.
The families of both victims, described them as devoted parents who alsomade arrangements for care of their children before they took the night off, according to NBC Los Angeles.
Sandlin’s sister Leandra Faulkner, described her brother as a man who was a loving father who cared about his girls, and always treating them right.”
Trisha’s family also admitted that, the police had refused to tell them what really happened.
And, of course, as it is said to be standard procedure for all those killed by police, the victims arrest records were released to shame them. Michael was on probation for misdemeanor last year, and 7 years ago, Sandlin was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in Los Angeles.
However, his relatives said that Sandlin had a rough life but, he had turned it around and was working as a successful truck driver before his death.
Sadly, their children will grow up knowing that their parents were taken from them by cops who were scared of an innocent sleeping couple.