A Ferguson woman lost her left eye when police officers in Ferguson shot a bean bag round at the car she was in. Dornella Conners is now blind in one eye and can barely see with the other.
She said she and her boyfriend pulled into a Ferguson gas station on Tuesday morning, hours after the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown was announced. As she and her boyfriend were driving away from the station, Conners said St. Louis County police surrounded their car. Conners said her boyfriend was trying to avoid interfering with the police while trying to drive away from the gas station. But police said the car was heading right for them. That's when police shot a bean bag round at the car, shattering the passenger window and injuring Conners. "I’m very upset, very disappointed with tactics that they used trying to get control of situation,” Donnell Conners, Dornella’s father told the station. The story comes as #BlackoutBlackFriday protests spread across Ferguson and the nation in an effort to call attention to what supporters say was an unjust outcome in Wilson's case and to bring an end to the consumption-based day after Thanksgiving. "In the wake of #Ferguson, it's become painfully clear that people of color, and Black people in particular, are still unjustly targeted by law enforcement and the criminal justice system," reads a statement on BlackoutBlackFriday.org.