Do you remember going to parties and clubs and grinding with your partner? I’ve heard my friends who have teenagers call it “having sex with your clothes on.” Sure, sometimes it’s gross. Perhaps you might find it to be inappropriate. But rarely has grinding been the cause of death, until this past weekend.
Saturday, off duty Detroit police officer Isaac Parrish had a fish fry at his house. One of the party goers was 24-year-old Adaisha Miller. Early Sunday morning, she and Parrish were dancing. As she came up from behind him and put her arms around his waist, his gun went off. The bullet punctured her lung and hit her heart. She died at a hospital.
How could that happen? The gun Parrish was carrying was his police issued gun. Detroit police officers have the option of carrying their weapons while off-duty. If properly holstered, the Smith & Wesson M&P cannot be fired accidentally. An investigation into the shooting is underway. David Balash, a former Michigan State Police firearms expert said:
“What’s going to be very important here is the angle of the entry of the wound to the victim (and) if there is in fact any gunpowder residue. I’m having a great deal of difficulty understanding how a weapon that’s pointed at the ground can be turned literally 110 degrees minimum to be in an upward position to strike someone.”
Parrish’s waist holder was made of a soft neoprene-type material, making it possible for the trigger to be pulled while the gun was in it. Miller’s mother said there is “no justification” for her daughter’s death. She was dancing, having a good time. That shouldn’t have led to her daughter’s death.
Although Parrish is said to be “extremely remorseful,” he’s been placed on desk duty and the prosecutor’s office is determining whether charges can be pressed.
Our advice to all of you dancing folk, check your partner’s waist before you begin hugging and grinding. If you see a weapon, dance the old school way, with at least a foot in between you.