|Caroline Small's (top): Her car was hemmed in by police cars |
and couldn't go anywhere (middle)... just before police rained
bullets on her body and head as indicated by bullet trajectories
(bottom). A witness described seeing her head explode.
On June 18, 2010, an unarmed mother struggling with a mental health breakdown was executed by two Glynn County Police officers in southern rural Georgia. Hyperbole aside, it was a firing squad. It shouldn't have happened. The officers who did it weren't threatened and they should be in jail right now for the murder of Caroline Small. Not just tragic and disturbing, what happened to her was criminal and the fact that the two officers who killed her are still in law enforcement shows just how outrageously corrupt the system is. It's not broken, though—it's working just how those who are running it intend.
First, I need you to see this video below. I'm sorry for its brutality and for the mandatory commercial that rolls before it begins, but you have to see it to understand the outrageousness of what happened to Caroline.
Police often shoot and kill people who are in their cars. They claim they fear for their safety and have no other choice. No police execution demonstrates this lie more than how police killed Caroline Small. I can hardly contain my emotions even now.
Caroline Small had a painful history of mental illness. Having undergone a bitter divorce, she was struggling with life when she led police on a slow-motion chase through her small town in her beat-up old car. Having run over a spike strip police set out for her, all of her tires were gone and nothing was left but the rims.
Police, as you will see in the photo below, had her backed in on the front and back of the car, with a tree and a ditch to the other side. Literally and figuratively, Small was stuck. Her car, at that moment, was a metaphor for her life ... wheels coming off, pressure all around her.
She needed, desperately so, to be seen by mental health specialists. She was completely unarmed with nothing more than a empty plastic bottle of Mountain Dew, and police at that point should and could have simply walked up to her door, opened it up, and arrested her, gently or forcefully. Either one would've done the trick.
Police, though, were determined that shooting her face off was the absolutely, without a doubt, the best course of action. This is America after all. If you sense danger, shoot someone's face off. One of the officers even told a witness he saw her head explode.