By all accounts, Officer Nicola Cotton was a breath of fresh air for the New Orleans Police Department. At just 24 years old, she was a graduate of the first class of the Police Academy after Hurricane Katrina.
She grew up in a rough part of the Crescent City, but even at such a young age she knew that she wanted to give back and serve her community.
Most people will not hear her story, a story that could be a familiar story of other police officers, if they had not reacted in a split second.
On the morning of January 28 2008, Officer Cotton responded to a suspicious person call. The dispatcher stated that the suspicious person fit the description of a wanted rape suspect.
Cotton pulled up to a mostly abandon strip mall to find a man sitting on the curb. She apparently exited her cruiser and motioned for the man to come and speak with her.
At some point Officer Cotton attempted to handcuff the man. He pulled away from her and a struggle ensued. The man Cotton attempted to handcuff is 5’8″ and weighs roughly 200 pounds. Officer Cotton is a slender 5’5″.
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According to convenience store surveillance camera footage, the struggle lasted approximately seven minutes. At one point Cotton loses control of her radio but recovers it and calls for back up. However, before her fellow officers could arrive, the suspect–44 year old Bernel Johnson, a man with a history of mental illness and several violent offenses–wrestles Cotton’s service weapon, a .40 caliber Glock from her. He then shoots her a total of fifteen times, including twice in the head.
Officer Nicole Cotton was killed by a relatively small, unarmed man who fought with her and took her gun. But you won’t hear the black race-baiters talk about Nicole Cotton. There is no money in her story.
t there is much more to come in the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case. The fact is that these two stories could have been one and the same, but we all know how the Left and the race industry feels about black on black shootings.