In Ferguson on Tuesday night, Dornnella Conner — a pregnant mom — says she and her boyfriend were just in the wrong place at the wrong time when a cop fired a “non-lethal” bean bag into their car. Now the young woman will never see out of her left eye again — and says her vision through her right eye is impaired.
On her Facebook page, which Conner maintains under the pseudonym Lenora Prince, Conner said that doctors had to remove her damaged eye altogether.
While bean bag bullets, also known as “flexible baton rounds” and fired from a shotgun, are less likely to prove fatal than their lead counterparts, they are anything but harmless. Fired at high velocity, they can cause significant damage and injury.
The bean bag round fired by a St. Louis County police officer at the car driven by Conners boyfriend, De’Angelas Lee, as they pulled out of a BP gas station parking lot, smashed the car’s passenger side window sending glass shards tearing into her face and eyes.
Conners told St. Louis local media that she was out that evening simply to show her support for Michael Brown, the teenager slain by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, and that Lee was attempting to maneuver around officers who descended on the gas station in response to reports of a crowd gathering there.
“I didn’t have any weapons, I wasn’t looting or anything. I was just out with my boyfriend. We was just riding around respecting Mike Brown,” Conners told a local TV station, KMOV. “They pulled up while we were coming towards the street, De’Angelas was trying to get away, they blocked us from the side, front and back.”
According to the KMOV report, a police officer “feared for his life” as Lee drove the vehicle in the direction of the officers.
“I’m very upset, very disappointed with tactics that (police) used trying to get control of the situation that was going on,” said the pregnant woman’s father, Donnell Conner. “I understand they have a tough job, I understand that it was chaos. There was no reason to fire upon innocent person sitting in a vehicle. How can a pregnant person, in a car, in a seat belt, be causing chaos?”
On her Facebook page, Dornnella Conner said that Lee, who she called the “love of my life,” has now been jailed, and as a result, lost his job. She added that both she and Lee had jobs, and would not loot or steal from the community where they live.
View the KMOV report on Dornnella Conner losing her eye in Ferguson, above.