From the Houston Press:
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.
How do you think this news story will end? There’s no way it will end well, but there’s a twist to this story.
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.
Dymond is black. She was hospitalized due to the injuries she sustained from the officers’ attack.
So how does the Galveston police department respond to this attempted kidnapping of a child at her own home? Well, to start, they went to Dymond’s school and publicly arrested her for assault three weeks later. From when she fought back against her kidnappers. They arrested her father, too. For when he fended off the three men with a van who tried to abduct his daughter. Then they decided to take her and her father to trial for their “crimes”. The trial is currently set for February.
The Milburn family is suing.
The officers’ lawyer says: “The city has investigated the matter and found that the conduct of the police officers was appropriate under the circumstances.”
Don’t you just want to slam your head into a wall sometimes? I don’t have words to describe the egregiousness of this crime against the Milburn family. Their most basic human rights have been abused, and when that abuse was pointed out, those in authority responded by compounding the abuse instead of making amends. This is the stuff of nightmares. How will the Milburns and their community ever trust the police again?
Via Alas, a blog.