With officers making headlines for snuffing out the lives of men behind something as simple as a loose cigarette, this story is particularly disturbing.
According to Fox 4 Dallas, 28-year police veteran Les Richardson has been placed on administrative leave after he allegedly turned a blindeye to a woman begging for help as her children were being kidnapped at gunpoint. Miesha Kilson says that her boyfriend and father to her children, Steven Douglas, chased them down as she tried to flee in her vehicle. Kilson eventually hit a curb, causing her tire to go flat. At this point, she says Douglas began firing shots after her and her children.
“When I hit the curb, my tire went flat,” Kilson told reporters. “I could just hear shots behind me, and my baby said, ‘Mama! He’s shooting! He’s shooting!’ And I look back and [Douglas] had it up in the air. He said, ‘Pull over! Pull over!’ I said, ‘I’m not stopping.’”
She went on to say that Douglas intended to kill her.
“When he pointed it right at me, I looked and my baby, she said, ‘Mama, he’s gonna shoot me!’” said Kilson. “‘Cause she’s in the passenger seat; he’s on the right side. ‘Mama, he’s gonna shoot me!’ I heard the shot. I didn’t see ‘cause I turned so hard to the left and now I’m crossing the median in oncoming traffic where my car was disabled. It just wouldn’t go no more. Now we’re facing the wrong side of traffic and everybody’s coming toward us.”
Douglas, who was still armed, then came up to the car and broke the window. Kilson says that at this point, she saw Officer Richardson and begged for his help. She says that Richardson inquired about what was happening, but did not act and drove away shortly after.
“That man looked up, he said, ‘What’s going on?’” said Kilson. “Right at my window, directly. I said, ‘Get him, get him!’ As [Douglas] got the gun, he said, ‘Get out, get out!’ [Douglas] saw the policeman, so he moved the gun. He jerked my son out the car. That policeman drove off. He drove off. He didn’t come back.”
Kilson, who was on a 911 call at the time, also questioned the emergency operator about why Richardson left her in distress.
“So I yelled to the lady on the phone, ‘Ma’am a cop just drove off!’” said Kilson. “I said, ‘Why did he pull up, ask me what’s wrong and drive off, and now [Douglas] got my kids?’”
Another bystander who also saw the altercation tried to flag down another officer who was working nearby. Sadly, that officer was also reluctant to help.
“I said, ‘Excuse me, officer,’ I said, ‘Excuse me, there’s a lady down the street,’” said the witness. “’The guy took her kids. I don’t know if he shot her or not, but she’s over there and she’s yelling, and he hit her car and all that.’ His words to me was, ‘I’m on a traffic stop,’ something like that about being on a traffic stop. He said, ‘I’ll be down there in a minute.’ So I said, ‘Are you being serious?’ And he looked at me, so after that, I just took off, peeled out, called 911.”
Douglas was killed later that day in a police chase. As previously stated, Richardson has been placed on administrative leave.