Monday, December 22, 2008

Police Get The Wrong House In Galveston, Allegedly Assault 12-Year-Old Girl

Well this is one instance of the police getting this so horribly wrong that this might cause some trouble. This story eminates from Galveston, Texas. This was simply too good just to transmit this on my Twitter...
It was a little before 8 at night when the breaker went out at Emily Milburn's home in Galveston. She was busy preparing her children for school the next day, so she asked her 12-year-old daughter, Dymond, to pop outside and turn the switch back on.

As Dymond headed toward the breaker, a blue van drove up and three men jumped out rushing toward her. One of them grabbed her saying, "You're a prostitute. You're coming with me."

Dymond grabbed onto a tree and started screaming, "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy." One of the men covered her mouth. Two of the men beat her about the face and throat.

As it turned out, the three men were plain-clothed Galveston police officers who had been called to the area regarding three white prostitutes soliciting a white man and a black drug dealer.

All this is according to a lawsuit filed in Galveston federal court by Milburn against the officers. The lawsuit alleges that the officers thought Dymond, an African-American, was a hooker due to the "tight shorts" she was wearing, despite not fitting the racial description of any of the female suspects. The police went to the wrong house, two blocks away from the area of the reported illegal activity, Milburn's attorney, Anthony Griffin, tells Hair Balls.

After the incident, Dymond was hospitalized and suffered black eyes as well as throat and ear drum injuries.
Sounds awfully excessive doesn't it? It almost seems like kidnapping doesn't it? It almost seems like lazy and bad police work doesn't it?

That's what I can pick out in the facts of this case. She a young girl who's confused about what's going on. One could ask if the police might have based their judgement off of some stereotype. You know I should be a lawyer!

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