As Nike continues to promote a man who kneeled before the American flag to protest racist police, real cops are getting shot at by gang members during routine traffic stops in which a split-second could mean the difference between life or death.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the LAPD released a video from July that showed a female officer being shot in the leg at point-blank range during a traffic stop just seconds before her partner fatally killed the suspect.
As seen in the video provided, the exchange between the female officer (the city did not provide the officers' names) and the suspect, gang member Richard Mendoza, begins rather cordially before mayhem ensues.
"Haven't seen you in a while," she tells Mendoza in the video, indicating the two have met before. "You still on probation?"
After Mendoza replies that he has nine more months of probation, she asks him to step out of the vehicle, which he does rather slowly.
"You don't have anything on you, right?" the officer asks as she opens the driver’s-side door.
Then suddenly, in a split-second, Mendoza immediately draws his gun and fires into her leg. As Mendoza twists around to finish the officer, the gang member takes several shots to the chest and one to the head from the officer's partner.
Paramedics later arrived and treated the female officer before being transported to the hospital. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the officers survived "by the grace of God."
"By the grace of God she is alive," Moore said. "Officers are fearful in these situations and the public here gets to see why."
"Once a person has you in that position, it is very tough," he said. "You cannot stop that first one or two shots."
The chief also credited her partner for acting quickly and decisively to take the suspect down before he could inflict further harm.
The LA Times reports that Mendoza, a.k.a. "Biz," was known by the LAPD "as a member of the Vincent Town street gang" and had prior convictions for "possession of a firearm by a felon and narcotics for sales, according to the LAPD and court records."