Filipino community leaders dismayed over findings in Pinay’s shooting

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

August 1, 2013

New York– Authorities in Virginia have concluded that the fatal police shooting of 38-year-old Fil-Am Mylene “Mhai” De Leon Scott was justified .

Loudoun County authorities said that after probing the circumstances that led to the death of the Filipina, they found that police officers had reasonable grounds to shoot her.

That drew immediate indignation from the Filipino-American community in Washington, DC.

In a statement, NAFFAA national chair Ed Navarra said that the shooting of De Leon-Scott was unreasonable and that excessive force was used to kill an innocent woman.

“Authorities must be held accountable for negligence and failure to exercise prudence in cases where other options would have saved the life of innocent victims,” Navarra added.

De Leon-Scott worked as a food sampler, handing out pizza at the Costco store in Sterling, VA.

Her alleged bizarre behavior prompted store managers to call the police last May 29. Two sheriff’s deputies were among the first responders.

According to the findings conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police as reviewed by the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, De Leon-Scott failed to drop her weapons – a pizza knife and a pair of scissors, after she was ordered to do so.

This prompted the deputies to tase her but for reasons not clearly explained in the report, the taser did not work to subdue the petite Filipina.

The report also said that one of the deputies fired 5 shots: 4 shots hitting the Filipina and another hitting the other deputy in the leg.

In a statement, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. said he has taken note of the report and will continue to work with the family of Ms Scott to find out how they want to proceed.

Reports said that some lawyers in the Filipino community are now looking into the possibility of filing a wrongful debt suit against the Sheriff’s Deputies depending on the wishes of De Leon Scott’s family.

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  • what???
    2 August 2013 at 7:00 am - Reply

    This is a very sad situation. The family should file a wrongful DEATH (not DEBT) case against the state on this matter. The officers might not be proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt, but they should be able to settle this case for monetary purposes at the very least to alleviate some of the pain and suffering of her family and children.

  • kikayPang0
    2 August 2013 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Filipino lawyers ? Who would like to be represented by them ?

  • what???
    2 August 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    @kikay – NO ! Lawyers are all the same if you do not know yet…. Money is money….

  • jorge buesa
    2 August 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Why they had to kill her, like a animal, she had a pizza knife and a pair of sccissors ? Look if they tase gun didn’t work , why they could have shot her in the legs ? This is very sad how she was killed !

    • noz
      3 August 2013 at 11:33 am - Reply

      jorge buesa……..i have family members who chose to be police officers. i certainly asked the same question to my police officer relatives, why not shoot for the purpose of just stopping, not killing a charging violent person. the law enforcement taught in the police academies of the USA is, once a police officer decided to shoot, its shoot to kill, no ifs or buts to think of alternatives, but to kill. the filipina case, caused her death in virginia is not an isolated case. there are many similar cases that happened in the past with the same result. its unknown if she had psych history. in general, a full blown psychotic person, man or woman in violent mode, the strength can equal multiple people strength. of course they can bring the case to the civil court for restitution, the burden of proof is with the plaintiff, cases of this nature usually are settled out of court.

  • Delia
    3 August 2013 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Her alleged bizarre behavior prompted store managers to call the police last May 29. Two sheriff’s deputies were among the first responders.

    ( In other words she created the problem to herself. Manager has to call Police )

    According to the findings conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police as reviewed by the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, De Leon-Scott failed to drop her weapons – a pizza knife and a pair of scissors, after she was ordered to do so.

    ( She made the scene , she forgot theres authority and Laws for bad behaviour and acted insane , wont drop her weapon when told too . For every bad actions theres a consequence , too bad she got shot , she provoked the law inforcement ,she tried to measure the officer’s ability , and that’s the outcome .)

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