A 66-year-old white woman was recently arrested outside the Torrington Police Department in Connecticut, after pointing a BB gun at officers and daring them to shoot her.
WFSB reports that before encountering the police officers, Elaine Rothenberg had confronted two civilians and asked them if they were cops. Rothenberg then "took a position in front of a doorway where police enter and exit" and raised the BB gun "in a shooting stance." Per WFSB:
Rothenberg yelled about hating the cops and stated “what are you doing, shoot me!” and “what are you scared?” She raised the gun and pointed it at officers yelling “boom boom boom.”
After eventually dropping the gun, Rothenberg was taken into custody and arrested. She was charged with "second-degree breach of peace, first-degree threatening, 7 counts of reckless endangerment and interfering with police," according to reports.
Rothenberg had evidently purchased the BB gun the same day she was arrested because it "looked real."
On Monday (Dec. 28), a grand jury announced it would not indict Timothy Loehmann, the police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year. Rice was playing with an Airsoft pellet gun in a park in Cleveland, Ohio. As MTV News reported, "Loehmann, who alleges that he believed Tamir was an adult and the firearm was real, shot Tamir within seconds of arriving at the park."
In November, a police consultant called Rice's death "objectively reasonable."