Shoplifting as Capital Offense

The Police Murder of Ta'Kiya Young

Still from body cam footage just before the shooting of Ta’Kia Young.

On the first day of August, Ta’Kiya Young turned 21. She’d been struggling since her mother’s premature death, but she’d recently found a new place to live and was eager to explore a career as a social worker. To celebrate her birthday, she took her two sons, 3-year-old Ja’Kenli and 6-year-old Ja’Kobie, to the Ohio State fair. Young was six months pregnant, expecting a new child in November. Three weeks later she and her unborn child would be dead, after being shot in her car by a cop while in a Kroger’s parking lot near Columbus.

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Jeffrey St. Clair is editor of CounterPunch. His most recent book is An Orgy of Thieves: Neoliberalism and Its Discontents (with Alexander Cockburn). He can be reached at: or on Twitter @JeffreyStClair3

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