The city of Ladue, Missouri will pay $2 million to a Black woman who survived after being shot in the back by a white police officer.
According to STL Today, the settlement agreement was released on Friday (Oct. 2). The city “denies it is liable in any way” for former Ladue Police Officer Julia Crews shooting Ashley Hall in the back last year. The city also did not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement.
On April 23, 2019, Hall was reportedly walking away from an altercation in a grocery store parking lot when Officer Crews arrived. She and another woman were allegedly stealing food from the store. Hall allegedly hit a store employee in the face with the bag of stolen items.
The grocery store workers reportedly held her down until the authorities arrived. Hall told the officer that she was assaulted and Crews called for an ambulance to check out her injuries.
Crews then tried to handcuff Hall — even though she told her she was not under arrest. Hall ran away in fear of the department's history of racial profiling and “the history of unarmed Black individuals being shot by white officers,” the suit said.
Crews reportedly shouted, “She’s running away,” then shot Hall in the back without giving any warning. “Did you shoot me?” Hall asked. Crews replied, “Yes, and I’m sorry.”
The former officer’s attorney says she mistakenly used her taser instead of her firearm. Hall was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. She suffered damage to her lungs, liver, diaphragm, spleen, ribs and kidney, reports the Atlanta Black Star. Hall also went into cardiac arrest for two minutes.
Following the shooting, Crews resigned from the police department. She was charged with second-degree assault and pleaded not guilty to the charge. Her case is still pending.