WATCH: Cops Respond to Bank Robber by Shooting His Hostage 9 Times

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Eufaula, OK — A woman who was shot 9 times by police while she was being held as a hostage at a bank in Eufaula, Oklahoma, is now seeking compensation for the horrific attack that left her disabled.

Julie Huff was a customer at the Bank of Eufaula on Jan. 21, 2016, when a robber entered and took her hostage. Within 63 seconds of entering the building, Cedric Norris shot and killed Randy Peterson the bank’s president, and shot and wounded a bank teller who refused to go with him as his hostage.

Norris then turned to Huff and took her as a hostage. He forced her into an SUV, which police pursued in a chase. After police “disabled the vehicle,” Huff exited the car and ran into a nearby field, while Norris chased her and exchanged gunfire with officers, according to a report from Chickasha News.

While some police officers are cautious about firing at a suspect who is near an innocent hostage, the Oklahoma officers continued to fire bullets in Norris’ direction, even when he caught up to Huff, grabbed her around the neck, and used her as a human shield.

In a statement, Huff’s attorneys noted that even though police knew Huff was an innocent hostage, they shot intentionally and shot her numerous times with multiple weapons.

“The Law Enforcement officers knew Ms. Huff was an innocent hostage yet they deliberately shot her nine times. Not one of the nine bullets which hit Ms. Huff came from the kidnapper. All the bullets came from the law enforcement officers—one of whom shot her with an AR-15.”

The statement also criticized the Bank of Eufaula for failing “to have an armed security guard, which is in violation of proper banking standards.” It claimed that the bank “had multiple, unmonitored entrances and exits, which encouraged this armed robbery.”

The statement from Huff’s attorney’s concluded that she “was severely injured and has undergone many surgeries.” As a result, “Ms. Huff feels very lucky to be alive, but she has been permanently scarred and injured as a result of the failures of the Bank of Eufaula and the reckless and careless actions of law enforcement.”

Not only did law enforcement blatantly choose not to protect Huff during the incident, they also failed to protect the public from the threat posed by Cedric Norris. According to a report from the Associated Press, Norris had an extensive history of carrying out armed robberies, and he had been released from a Texas prison despite having a 60-year sentence to serve in Oklahoma for robbery convictions in Tulsa and Creek counties.”

According to prosecutors in Creek County, Norris’ early release was a mistake that resulted from “miscommunication between Texas and Oklahoma.” However, his newfound freedom did not stop his robbery streak, and the getaway car he used to kidnap Huff was reportedly one he stole during another “violent robbery in Texas.”

While Norris was killed in the shootout with police, it remains to be seen whether any of the officers who were responsible for the horrific shooting that left Julie Huff disabled for the rest of her life will ever be held accountable for their actions.

This is not the first time police officers in Oklahoma have been featured for their blatant misconduct. In a recent case, officers in Tulsa were caught on video commending each other on their use of force in the arrest of a suspect—even though the person they put in handcuffs was an innocent man they beat to a bloody pulp, after trespassing on his property.

It is also not the first time police have shot an innocent hostage.

As TFTP reported, On Feb 7, 2014, Matthew Serbus led police on a dangerous high-speed chase before crashing his car and taking Dawn Pfister as a hostage. Police would shoot Serbus as he held a knife to Pfister, then, walk up to Pfister and kill her too. The entire incident was recorded on a police dashcam.

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  • NonYo Business

    Hilarious. The only gun control needed is to remove them from the possession of “peace officers”.

    • NonYo Business

      Watched the video… dancing? Its fricken winter and they do not have warm clothes… no fuk they’re moving around. They will use any excuse to justify their recklessness.

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    NINE times? And she ain’t DEAD?!? Either that is one tough ol’ girl, or these donuttin pigglies are the worst ‘marksmen’ EVER.

  • SP_88

    This again shows their callous disregard for human life is a systemic problem because of their culture of violence against civilians.
    This is not “a few bad apples” type of problem. This is a much deeper problem. This type of behavior is being purposely encouraged by their training. A few bad apples is not going to abuse, beat, assault, torture, violate, injure and kill this many people.
    This is being done on purpose. The police are being trained to deal with an increasingly violent citizenry. But it is because of police brutality that the people are becoming increasingly violent.
    And despite claims by the black community that this is a racial issue, this is a problem for everyone, especially white people who are being shot and killed by police at twice the rate of any other race. But you don’t see white people complaining that they are being hunted by police because they are white, because that would be ridiculous.
    We don’t have a racial problem regarding police brutality. We have a police problem regarding police brutality. And the sooner we stop screwing around with this racism nonsense, the sooner we can begin to solve the real problem.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      “We don’t have a racial problem regarding police brutality. We have a police problem regarding police brutality.” That pretty much sums it up. We’re at the point where the innocent fear the cops a lot more than the guilty do and things like this are the reason.

  • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

    This is easy.
    As Agents of the State, the pigs have no rights.
    Summary execution for all involved.

  • davee

    Just another bit of collateral damage. Unavoidable in war they say..

  • phicrappazappa

    The police are not – nor have they ever been – there to protect YOU. They protect the government and corporations FROM you, and enforce their demands on you.

    • Mark Williams

      Law “Enforcement” Officers do not work for Main Street USA. They work for the govt at all levels to control the populace and insure compliance. They are the Agents of Govt Tyranny!

  • James

    Well she was in sight of the cops. Why do the citizens think that they have guns for? They do more than just shoot dogs. They are allowed to shoot all in there sight.

  • randy wellman

    BAM BAM BAM BAM….STOP, OR I’LL SHOOT BAM BAM BAM!

  • IQ140

    Typical trigger happy uneducated and poorly trained cop.