Now that the colder weather is here, and the holidays are approaching, the police scanner is going crazy. Everyday we hear at least 10 reports of suicidal parties. They have either attempted, or they’re threatening, and most the time they have some sort of weapon. Sunday, was no different, it came across the scanner about 8am that a lady had left her home armed with a handgun and she was suicidal.
Shortly after, the police found her in the parking lot of a local Walmart. Eye witnesses state this elderly lady was trying to jump in front of traffic, according to the local police, this wasn’t the first attempt Ms. Blackwell has made in trying to end her own life. So the local police knew the lady based on other attempts in the pass.
So on Sunday, according to witnesses Natella Blackwell was shooting at vehicles in the Walmart parking lot. The parking lot was swarming with officers trying to get Ms. Blackwell to put down the gun. What I don’t understand next, of course I wasn’t there, however in the video I have seen, Ms.Blackwell, while still welding the gun turns around AWAY from the cops and puts her hands in the air. At that time FIVE yes, FIVE cops shot and killed her.
While the video is shut off when Ms. Blackwell goes down, it clearly shows what happened before those FIVE cops pulled the trigger on this 64 year old lady who was needing help. So was this suicide by cop, or was Ms. Blackwell surrendering.
So the question is, is suicide the answer? Are the ones attempting and even often times succeeding, do they really want to die. Ms. Blackwell, was someones mother, grandmother, daughter, friend, and even sister. I understand life can be hard, but is the only answer really death.
In the past I have thought about suicide, I think everyone has, however, I know it was only a mere thought, and I could no way bring that pain onto my family, plus I know my life is worth something, even if at times it becomes hard.
I don’t know the pain of others, I only know my own pain, but if you or someone you know is suffering from some sort of depression, and they feel the only way to be at peace is to end their life, please please get them help. Yes, life can be hard, and we don’t have the answers to all of our struggles, but your life means so much more, even if you feel as if no one cares.