On March 12, 2018 Elgin, Ill., police pulled over 34-yr-old Decynthia Clements. She was armed with a knife and they attempted to talk her out of her car for nearly an hour. Her car caught on fire, which forced officers to move in to pull her out. They had both Tasers and firearms ready if needed. Clements suddenly came out of the burning SUV with a knife clearly in her hand. Officers yelled “Let me see your hands” and “Put the knife down!” She was shot as she moved towards the officers.
“It was like murder watching that video. She fell out of the car and they started shooting,” the victim’s father, Charles Clements, said. The Clements family has filed a lawsuit saying that Clements had mental health and substance abuse issues and that she needed a crisis intervention medical unit that morning. She died as a result of the shooting.