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.