Rhanda Dormeus is the mother of Korryn Gaines, who was shot and killed with her son in her arms, Dormeus has spent the last 18 months seeking police accountability for the death of her daughter. Korryn, who was only 23 at the time of her death, believed herself to be in grave danger when the police arrived on Aug 1, 2016 to serve the mother of two a warrant for failure to appear in court following a traffic violation.

Fearing for herself and her family’s security, Korryn locked herself in her house with a shotgun and posted much of the subsequent, hours-long standoff before, at the request of the police, Facebook and Twitter shut down her accounts. Police then entered her apartment and fired, killing Korryn and injuring her son Kodi on a ricochet. As Gaines was armed at the time of her death the shooting was considered justified by the Maryland State Attorney’s office and the officer responsible remains on the force. Last month, Korryn’s estate and family won a major victory with a jury awarding $37 million in a wrongful death suit. However, this decision is now being appealed by the city. In the wake of Korryn’s death and Rhanda’s own activism, the Baltimore County Police have increased the usage of body-cams, and have instituted new policies for engaging individuals who may present mental health issues.