Her life mattered.
Mass murderers who shoot dozens of people get taken into custody alive and are treated humanely.
Video after video and report after report show White people waving and pointing deadly weapons at police officers-even actually physically assaulting police officers-and yet they still make it to stand before a judge and answer for their actions.
We see this happen time and again, and yet...
We don't and can't know why she chose the actions that she did because she's no longer here to explain it from her perspective. I don't know if she was ill or if it was the impact of being harassed by police and experiencing racism that made her at the very least fear for her safety when the police showed up at her door.
But I do know that her life still mattered, regardless. I do know that her 5 year old son didn't deserve to experience violence by police nor witness his mother lose her life as well.
Everything about this case is horrifying and leaves me with nothing but questions. (Essence Magazine asks 7 questions about this case here)
Her life mattered. That's about all I know and believe at this point.