St Louis is looking to put a disabled Veteran in prison after their police department mistakenly shot her in the back 18 times
On May 8 2015 Jennifer Morgan called police on an intruder in her brother’s house
When police responded they apparently were confused at ended up shooting Morgan in the back 18 times
Police claim Morgan pointed her gun at police and refused to drop it
Morgan now faces felony charges that could put her in jail for the rest of her life
Morgan’s father was a police officer her husband was a St Louis County Sheriff and she is a Veteran
A story that has gone very far under the radar for the last two years is finally nearing its end. For over two years, Jennifer Morgan has been wondering from a wheelchair if she would spend the rest of her life in prison after two officers from the St Louis Police Department shot her in the back 18 times.
Morgan is the last person that you would ever think of being the victim of a heinous police shooting. Her deceased father was a police officer. She was married to a St Louis County Sheriff. She is a Veteran. She called the police on an intruder the night of the shooting; and while it should not matter, but it does, Morgan is a white woman.
The Police Narrative
When we hear of wrongful police shootings, we see a basic narrative that normally consists of an African-American male with a criminal record that police can use as a means of justification and the basis for a smear campaign. This narrative makes it harder for the general public to accept possibility that a wrongful police shooting could happen to anyone at anytime.
The basis behind Morgan’s shooting blows all traditional thoughts of a police shooting out of the water. On the evening of May 8, 2015, Karla Nicholson, a known drug user in the area, was refusing to leave Morgan’s brother’s house. It was during the confrontation with Nicholson that Morgan’s life would change forever.
May 8, 2015
Morgan’s brother suffered a head injury at work, leaving him with a mental disability. When their mother died, she left her house to Morgan’s brother. Morgan and her siblings took turns taking care of their disabled brothers.
Morgan had gone to her brother’s house to grab a letter concerning an upcoming surgery when she heard her brother yelling. Morgan went inside the house and found Nicholson refusing to leave. At one point, Nicholson allegedly attempted to stab Morgan in the back of the head with a screwdriver.
Morgan had her handgun with her and reportedly held Nicholson at gunpoint while both women called call the police. Police responded to the call within minutes and shot Morgan 18 times in the back. Between two officers firing their weapons, 16 rounds went into her abdomen and the last two struck her arm as she finally fell to the ground.
Police claim that Morgan pointed the gun at officers and refused to drop it, at which point they opened fire. They claim four shots went into Morgan’s chest, but sources claim the medical records show that all entry points are in Morgan’s back.
Treated As A Criminal
Morgan was not expected to live through the shooting. She was not allowed to have her loved ones by her side due to the felony charges she faces from allegedly pointing the gun at the police. As Morgan fought for her life, she was unknowingly being treated as a criminal with a police guard outside her room 24 hours a day.
In the two years since the shooting, Morgan has undergone hundreds of surgeries and medical complications. The Veteran lives her life in a wheelchair after the nearly fatal shooting. Making matters worse, on June 5, her trial starts for the felony charges she is facing.
St Louis apparently does not think it is enough to leave Morgan in a wheelchair with a 7-year life expectancy. Morgan faces felony charges that could put her in jail for the rest of her life for allegedly pointing her gun at police.
Despite her paralysis, Morgan will be forced to live the rest of her days in general population. Like many other disabled prisoners before her, she will receive no special treatment and will most likely never see the light of day again.
In a bizarre twist, Morgan has also had a gag order placed on her preventing her from talking about the case. This gag order raises questions over the intentions behind silencing Morgan, as it is very unusual to see a gag order in a criminal case.