Woman shot by Robbinsdale police charged with assault

A Robbinsdale, Minn. police officer shot a high school student after an "unwanted person" call was made at an apartment complex early Thursday evening. According to the Hennepin County sheriff, Robbinsdale police responded to 3755 Hubbard Avenue North at 5:41 p.m., where they found a woman with a knife.

The sheriff said Tania Harris, 18, was shot by police as she chased another woman while wielding a large knife.

Harris is in stable condition at an area hospital with two gunshot wounds to her abdomen. No officers were injured during the incident.

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis released a statement Friday morning, citing Tania's mother as saying her daughters was unarmed at the time of the shooting. The family held a news conference Friday afternoon, where they said it is now apparent Tania was carrying a knife, but they maintain she should not have been shot.


Black Lives Matter likened this incident to the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, in that "we are witnessing a policing culture that insists on shooting first and asking questions later."

"We call upon our government officials to conduct a rigorous investigation into the shooting of Tania Harris to ensure the officer who did this is held accountable," the group said in a statement. "Enough is enough. State sanctioned violence against black people here in Minnesota and nationally must end."

Harris is being charged with second-degree assault. Bail was set at $50,000.

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