She wasn’t even born when her grandmother, Eleanor Bumpurs, was killed by a cop in 1984, but Shantel Bumpurs still feels the sting of injustice.
The pain resurfaced Tuesday when another elderly Bronx woman, Deborah Danner, was shot to death by a cop in her apartment. Like Bumpurs, Danner was emotionally disturbed, and like Bumpurs, Danner leaves behind a family desperate for answers and accountability.
“My family went through the same troubles, but nothing has changed,” said Shantel, 30, a mother of two. "It's shocking after all these years there is no justice."
Deborah Danner wrote about Eleanor Bumpurs' death in 2012, noting the police were not well equipped to handle the mentally ill.
Danner, 66, was fatally shot by an NYPD sergeant during a Tuesday confrontation inside her apartment during which she threatened officers with a baseball bat.
Bronx woman killed by NYPD wrote essay on cops and mentally ill
Authorities said Sgt. Hugh Barry, who fired the fatal shot, mishandled the situation, in part because he used his service weapon instead of a stun gun.
In a 2012 essay, Danner, who was schizophrenic, eerily referenced the Bumpurs’ death and presciently noted the police were ill-equipped to deal with the mentally ill.
"It's shocking that she wrote about what happened to my grandmother and then the same thing happened to her," Shantel said.Send a Letter to the Editor