Debra Arbuckle, 51, was shot and killed by police in Wichita, Kansas.
On December 30, 2019, Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputy spotted Arbuckle’s car. Its license plate that belonged to another vehicle. Police started a chase which lasted for 19 minutes. Arbuckle’s car stopped at a rest of a road. Police car approached Arbuckle’s vehicle.
According to police, one of the officers at the scene saw Arbuckle’s car reverse. He believed other officers will be struck so he fired his gun 6 times. Arbuckle died of injuries.
Arbuckle’s family filed a lawsuit against the city and the police department, but in May 2021, the court ruled that no criminal charges would be brought against the officer. Her family intend to appeal this decision and seek justice.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“No other officer on the scene fired a single shot. That’s because Ms. Arbuckle wasn’t a threat to them,” an attorney who represents Arbuckle’s son said.
“It’s important to bear in mind that the only reason they were pursuing Debra Arbuckle was that she had the wrong license plate on her vehicle. Never should a traffic violation involving a license plate escalate to using deadly force,” an attorney who represents Arbuckle’s son said.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.