Girl Gets Shot at Rap Concert, Sues NYPD for Asking Questions

There is a war on police raging in America and nowhere is this war against police more noticeable than in the black community. Though no community is without crime or other socioeconomic problems, the black community faces significant challenges with regards to crime and poverty.

Consistently, however, race-hustlers and guilty white liberals further the augmentation of the victim mentality within minority communities and tragically, rather than focusing on resolving some of these aforementioned lingering problems adversely affecting the black community, many within the community wrongly blame police and supposed institutional racism for the problems that are affecting millions of blacks throughout the country.

This mindset can be seen regularly. As an example, rather than focus on the epidemic of black-on-black violence in inner cities, the Black Lives Matter “movement” has chosen to focus on the handful of deaths that have occurred by the hands of white police officers. Though many of these deaths can be traced back to noncompliance with reasonable requests from officers or, in some cases, outright attacking police officers, many in the victim-class have chosen to blame police officers for the problems within the black community.

One such person is Maggie Carrie Heckstall, a Bronx-born model and exotic dancer. Heckstall recently attended a rap show featuring rapper T.I. As she sat in a crowded VIP room, a crazed gunman opened fire and shot her in the leg.

Now, Heckstall is mad—not at the gunman, but at the NYPD for daring to press the witness for answers. Though Ms. Heckstall was also a victim, she was also a witness to the events and police have sought help in trying to solve this case. For Heckstall, questioning her was simply going too far and now she is suing.

Heckstall recounted how she and her friends had just ordered the first drinks of the night and were attempting to make a Snapchat when the shooting began. A bullet tore through her leg as she waited for her rapper boyfriend to open for T.I.

Heckstall and another bystander were wounded. A third victim, Ronald McPhatter, was killed.

The suspected gunman, Troy Ave, is thought to have accidentally shot himself in the leg and has been charged with attempted murder, but has not yet been charged with the murder of McPhatter.

Police are still trying to ascertain how many shooters were present or if there were any accomplices. To ascertain this, police did what police are supposed to do; they asked questions.

According to Heckstall and her lawyer, police officers were out-of-line for pressing to find out what happened.

“Anytime anyone would walk to my door, they had six officers out here, staring into my room,” she said.

“I cooperated with the officers. I don’t know if they wanted me to tell them more, but I don’t know what happened. Shots went off. Lights went off. I just tried to get out the room.”

“These people are heartless,” Heckstall said about the investigators.

“The interrogation started in the ambulance. The detective was in the trauma unit the whole time, while they’re cutting my clothes off and everything.”

To illustrate how ridiculous the war on police has become, let’s consider the inverse scenario. Let’s imagine how outraged people would be if police didn’t ask any questions to try and solve this case. Imagine if police simply shrugged-off this heinous violence as yet another example of black-on-black violence.

What would be the narrative then?

If history is any indication, the narrative would be that white cops don’t care about black victims. The left would assert that the NYPD’s ambivalence is just yet another example of the kind of supposed institutional racism present in law enforcement.

However, since police are asking questions to try and find out what happened to pursue justice for the victims, they are being vilified for that, too, and are even being sued for their conduct.

It’s a no-win situation being created by the left and it’s leaving us all endangered.

About the Author

Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.

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