In the midst of a tragic police-involved shooting in Boone, Iowa, a woman was filmed putting her hands on and yelling racial slurs at a reporter covering the incident. Later sources identified the woman as the mother of the man who was killed.
The shooting occurred late in the evening on June 27th, when police received reports of a man threatening people with a gun at a trailer park in Boone. The man reportedly drew a gun from his waistband when confronted by officers. Witnesses to the incident told reporters that they heard police officers beg the man to drop his weapon, but the officers were forced to open fire when the man raised his gun and began approaching them.
Reporter Emmy Victor and photojournalist Zachary Hayes were across the street covering the shooting when a woman accosted them with a racist tirade.
“Get the f*ck out of here, you stupid f*cking n*gger,” the woman told Victor (who is African American) while approaching her.
“Don’t ever,” Victor replied, to which the woman responded by walking back and saying “I f*cking told you he was f*cking dead. So don’t stand there and tell me you don’t know.”
The woman appeared to break off a piece of Hayes’ equipment, and both Hayes and Victor can be heard announcing that they are calling police.
The man slain in the shooting was later identified as 28-year-old Michael Disbrowe, and the woman as his mother.
Following the incident, tweets came pouring in from other reporters, praising Victor and Hayes’ professionalism. These included CNN editor Juana Summers,
— Juana Summers (@jmsummers) June 29, 2016
and Justin Andrews, a reporter with KMOV in St. Louis.
— Justin Andrews (@Justin_EAndrews) June 28, 2016
The officers involved in the shooting have not been identified, but have been placed on administrative leave, in keeping with department policy in such incidents.
Watch the full video below. Strong language warning.
Featured image is a screen capture from the video.