Here’s a horrifying story from Galveston:
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.
Like I said, horrifying, right? Every parent’s worst nightmare, some thugs come steal your kid in the dark of night. So what did the Galveston police do about it?
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.
Well, that changes things. Not, you know, the horribleness of the action by police, or the horrible abuse of civil rights this represents, or the terror the girl must have felt. No, what it changes is that the police could compound the damage by making things even worse:
Three weeks later, according to the lawsuit, police went to Dymond’s school, where she was an honor student, and arrested her for assaulting a public servant. Griffin says the allegations stem from when Dymond fought back against the three men who were trying to take her from her home. The case went to trial, but the judge declared it a mistrial on the first day, says Griffin. The new trial is set for February.
Awesome! What was the girl’s crime? Well, she and her father fought back against masked men who were abducting her. The men were cops, but didn’t identify themselves as such.
Ask yourself, if you saw a kid — any kid — getting abducted by three masked men, what would you do?
What would you want the kid to do?
And what kind of monsters think that’s criminal behavior?
Well, the Galveston police do, I guess.
The family is now suing, as they should. The police officers’ attorney says, “The father basically attacked police officers as they were trying to take the daughter into custody after she ran off.” Well, duh. Because neither he nor his daughter knew they were police officers. Also, the fact that the girl was 12, had committed no crime, and was standing in her own yard might be reasons she wouldn’t expect to be arrested, no?
At least the girl wasn’t hurt.
After the incident, Dymond was hospitalized and suffered black eyes as well as throat and ear drum injuries.
There are no words to describe the outrage that this should cause any human being. Lovely to know it was done under color of authority.