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Mother speaks out after mentally ill daughter shot by police

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    Phoenix police are investigating why one of their officers opened fire, striking a woman in Maryvale.Officers responded Thursday afternoon to a call that the woman was making threats.Investigators have not released what prompted the officer to open fire. The victim has been taken to an area hospital, her condition has not been released.
    Phoenix police are investigating why one of their officers opened fire, striking a woman in Maryvale.Officers responded Thursday afternoon to a call that the woman was making threats.Investigators have not released what prompted the officer to open fire. The victim has been taken to an area hospital, her condition has not been released.
PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Michelle Cusseaux's mother said she initiated the turn of events that led police to her daughter's doorstep.

Carrying signs saying justice for Michelle, several dozen protesters demand an answer. Why did a police officer shoot and kill Michelle Cusseaux last week?

"I'm asking for community support, I need help to make this possible, I would hate for this to happen to another mother losing a child," said Frances Garrett.

Michelle Cusseaux suffered from mental illness. Her mom called to get her put in an inpatient facility, but when police arrived for her, they say she came at them with a claw hammer. An officer fired one shot, killing her.

"I did not phone them and ask for my daughter to be killed, I did not ask for Michelle to be another statistic, I did not call them for that reason," she said.

Francis and her supporters met and prayed with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton this morning. Then they restated their demands; they want to know the name of the Sergeant who pulled the trigger, they want changes in police tactics involving the mentally ill, and an independent outside investigation of the shooting. They demand an answer by Thursday, or they say they'll go to the Department of Justice and FBI.

She said Cusseaux had been diagnosed with several illnesses, including depression, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia.

"A person who is ill deserves to be treated, and protected. That's not what happened," said Malik Waheed.

Phoenix Police declined to comment on the family's accusations of excessive force and police brutality.
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