You’ve probably heard Adaisha Miller’s name or story by now. She’s the Detroit woman who was fatally shot a day before her 25th birthday while dancing with an off-duty police officer at a party. Adaisha is said to have hugged the cop, 38-year-old Isaac Parrish, from behind causing his gun, which was loaded in a waist holster, to go off sending a bullet through her lung and hitting her heart. But now there appears to be as many stories as their are questions about what happened the night she died and her family wants answers.
For Adaisha’s part, some have said the young woman was actually kneeling behind the officer, performing some sort of exotic dance, while others have suggested she stumbled into the party drunk and when she reached for officer Parrish the firearm went off, CBS Local news in Detroit reports. Adaisha’s family is far more concerned with why the officer would carry or need a loaded gun at a party in his own backyard, but Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee insists there was no foul play, calling the incident an “unfathomable” accident.
“Somehow, in the course of dancing with the individual to his rear and touching his waist, his Detroit Police Department-issued weapon discharged, striking Ms. Miller,” Godbee said. “There is absolutely no indication that the officer placed his hand on his weapon at all.”
That would imply that someone else did, namely Adaisha. Certified firearms instructor Rick Ector told NewsOne the Smith & Wesson M&P weapon from which the fatal bullet was fired was designed for police and military use therefore it does not have a safety switch, but the trigger has to be pulled back completely for the gun to fire. That would suggest more than a nudge or grab was needed. David Balash, a former Michigan State Police firearms examiner, said the greatest answers lie in forensics.
“What’s going to be very important here is the angle of the entry of the wound to the victim [and] if there is in fact any gunpowder residue,” Balash said. “I’m having a great deal of difficulty understanding how a weapon that’s pointed at the ground can be turned literally 110 degrees minimum to be in an upward position to strike someone.”
Isaac Parrish has been placed on desk duty until investigators make sense of this tragedy. Meanwhile Detroit defense attorney Tracy Martin, who has a separate case against the city of Detroit, has her own theories about this case.
“[Adaisha] is being painted or portrayed as a, pardon the expression, drunken Slore, who shows up and maybe she got what she asked for — and we don’t know what went down and that is very unfortunate. There is no one to speak on behalf of Miss Miller,” she told CBS.
“Initially when I heard the story, I thought it did not pass the smell test but I can tell you that just by being on social media … a lot of people don’t believe it – they believe there may be some sort of coverup going on.”
The DA believes a separate investigation independent of Detroit police is the only way to find out what really occurred. As of now, it doesn’t appear that’s going to happen.
What are your thoughts on this case? Do you think something is being covered up?
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