Mother Of 1-Year-Old Shot By Police Officer Is Suing

Houston Police Department car
Zain Murdock
April 8, 2021

19-year-old Daisha Smalls couldn’t have imagined that her son would have a run in with the police this young. Or that he would end up in the hospital with only the left side of his skull intact, recovering from a bullet wound before he could even spell the word “gun.” But this is her reality.

Police chased a robbery suspect to the gas station where Smalls was filling up her tank. They shot wildly, killing the gunman – and also putting her son in critical condition

The shooter? “E. Garza,” an officer that’s been in the field for FIFTEEN years.

“He’s deeply concerned and hurting about this baby,” says the executive assistant chief of police. But what does that matter to Daisha Smalls and her son?

Smalls asserts that the police knew her son was in the car and they fired anyway, so she’s filing a lawsuit. "...[W]hen it comes to African Americans,” her attorney argued, “the police shoot first and ask questions later. And they don't do that to other citizens."

If a police officer with 15 years of experience can accidentally shoot a 1 year old and only face paid administrative duty, how can we trust them to keep us, and our children, safe? We can't. That's why, like Daisha Smalls, we need to challenge the policing system that does not effectively, or even intend to, protect us.

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