The cousin of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins was shot 17-20 times by police and the singer is begging her 430k followers for prayers and facts.
The TLC singer took to Twitter to share the heartbreaking news, writing: “My Is Broken! U Think The Tragedies That Happen Across The World Wouldn’t Happen2 U At Least U Hope They Won’t! But To Us It Did.”
The 47-year-old went on to describe exactly what happened between law enforcement and her family member during the tragic shooting. “The cops shot my cousin 17-20 times KNOWING he was mentally ill Their Stories R diff EVERYTIME Making him out 2 be something he’s NOT,” she wrote.
“Pray for My Family and please ask for TRUE FACTS AND JUSTICE,” she begged of her fans. “This Country is Tainted PERIOD.”
Watkins concluded by suggesting it “Be MANDATORY THAT EVERY COP WEARS A BODY CAM That Way No He Said She Said Bull & LIES CAN HAPPEN.”
Stories about law enforcement taking down mentally ill people have become too common. In July, an officer in Brooklyn fired five shots at Dwayne Jeune, killing the 32-year-old man, who had a history mental illness.
Our thoughts are with T-Boz and her family.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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