Woman shot during protest called 911 multiple times, says police response lacking

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Posted on August 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 21 at 6:09 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A Ferguson woman who was shot in the head last Tuesday during early moments of a peaceful Michael Brown protest said she is still waiting for police to take action.

“No officer ever showed up to speak with me... neither from Ferguson police or St. Louis County," Mya Aaten-White told News 4.
 
Last Tuesday evening Mya Aaten-White says she was walking down West Florissant to get back to her car. Before she made it to her car, violence erupted. 
 
“I made it a block and a half then I heard gunshots, I put my hands to my head and realized I had been shot in the forehead,” she said. 
 
After the area was safe, a neighbor rescued her. 
 
“A young man came over to me, picked me up off the ground…they carried me to a neighbor’s house of a young man who had just moved into a new home with his fiancé and their children.”
 
Aaten-White says it took some persistence to get police to respond to her gunshot wound to the head. 
 
“We had to call 911 three times before we got a response vehicle there,” she said. “When they arrived, officers came with guns drawn. They questioned the homeowners about how long they’ve lived in the house; if it was under their name, and asked me what happened. I said ‘I was shot,’ obviously.’” 
 
Aaten-White graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C.  When her alma mater found out police weren’t taking her case seriously, they hired a lawyer to step in.  
 
Since then, Aaten-White said she has been trying to get an investigation going with police about who shot her. Her lawyer, hired by her alma mater, is shocked by the Ferguson Police Department’s response. 
 
Police told News 4 they were not able to comment on the situation and requested we contact a firm representing them.  Our calls have not been returned.

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