Police mistake 12 y/o for prostitute, beat her

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BMT409

Nederland, TX

#1 Dec 19, 2008
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Police Get The Wrong House In Galveston, Allegedly Assault 12-Year-Old Girl
Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 12:37:01 PM

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.

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.

"I think we'll be okay," says Griffin. "I don't think a jury will find a 12-year-old girl guilty who's just sitting outside her house. Any 12-year-old attacked by three men and told that she's a prostitute is going to scream and yell for Daddy and hit back and do whatever she can. She's scared to death."

Since the incident more than two years ago, Dymond regularly suffers nightmares in which police officers are raping and beating her and cutting off her fingers, according to the lawsuit.
Griffin says he expects to enter mediation with the officers in early 2009 to resolve the lawsuit.

We've got calls in to the officers' lawyer; we'll let you know if we hear something.

Update: This is from the officers' lawyer, William Helfand:

Both the daughter and the father were arrested for assaulting a peace officer. "The father basically attacked police officers as they were trying to take the daughter into custody after she ran off."

Also, "The city has investigated the matter and found that the conduct of the police officers was appropriate under the circumstances," Helfand says. "It's unfortunate that sometimes police officers have to use force against people who are using force against them. And the evidence will show that both these folks violated the law and forcefully resisted arrest."

-- Chris Vogel
shake down

AOL

#2 Dec 21, 2008
This is a case of [ stupid son of a bitchen cops] they think because they wear a badge and have the title of police officer that it gives them the right to do as they dam well please ,it is a shame they had to pick on a 12 year old child .Where is the justice ? I think they should pay and pay dearly for what they have put that child and her family through.Now the law wonders why kids grow up and do the things they do duh''''
justice

Fort Worth, TX

#3 Dec 22, 2008
Those Bastards need to be hung!!!!!! what kind of world is this when you beat and try to force a little girl away from home, this is beyond child abuse, and seem racial as well. what kind of idiots need this case to go to trial a blind man can see th cops are wrong and need to go to jail and pay the parents for the abuse mentally and physically the girl suffered!!!!
Deplorable - Fort Worth

AOL

#4 Dec 23, 2008
This is disturbing to hear that 3 adult men as police officers beat a 12 year old. How does one explain hitting a child in the face and neck area which caused black eyes as well as throat and ear drum injuries. Their behavior is unacceptable and heart breaking to believe this was action taken by individuals that wear a badge to protect and serve, yet used force to this extreme with a child. The entire situation was not handled appropriately to begin with. As learned in the article this was all a mistake by location, although if the incident was valid you canít tell me 3 men couldnít restrain someone of her age or use better judgment. I canít believe this would have to go to trial. How can a judge declare a mistrial? This speaks of ones character and lack of common sense. In my opinion all 3 men should be fired, fined, and serve time for their conduct. This is appalling.

“xcntrik.wordpres s.com”

Since: Mar 07

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#5 Dec 25, 2008
Dayum.

If the allegations are true, somebody's gonna seriously pay for that stupid mistake.

The taxpayers of Galveston.
BOB

AOL

#6 Dec 26, 2008
THIS CASE SOUNDS PRETTY STUPID AS FAR AS LAW ENFORCEMENT IS CONCERNED, BUT HEY, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TEXAS, AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE VERY SMART TO BE A COP IN TEXAS, I WONDER WHAT IS THE IQ OF THE TOP COP? BLACKS PROBABLY HAVE VERY LITTLE RIGHTS IN SOME OF THOSE CITIES IN TEXAS,THEY DO HAVE RIGHTS BUT THE COPS DON'T KNOW IT, OR THEY IGNORE THEIR RIGHTS.
Law out of control

Littleton, CO

#7 Dec 26, 2008
It is very odvious that if these judges let this case go to court they need to be released from their duties. I mean come-on... This is getting flat out crap. They should have no right to even bring these charges against her in the first place. One she is a minnor, two they did not state they were the police and three, they are afraid they will loose their jobs. Which they should. Mistakes get made but when they turn it back on the person they need help. They should have limits on these guys. I mean term limits.

“xcntrik.wordpres s.com”

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#8 Dec 26, 2008
BOB wrote:
THIS CASE SOUNDS PRETTY STUPID AS FAR AS LAW ENFORCEMENT IS CONCERNED, BUT HEY, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TEXAS, AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE VERY SMART TO BE A COP IN TEXAS, I WONDER WHAT IS THE IQ OF THE TOP COP? BLACKS PROBABLY HAVE VERY LITTLE RIGHTS IN SOME OF THOSE CITIES IN TEXAS,THEY DO HAVE RIGHTS BUT THE COPS DON'T KNOW IT, OR THEY IGNORE THEIR RIGHTS.
Don't hold back, let it all out.

You can cry on my shoulder.

Since: Dec 08

Houston, TX

#9 Dec 28, 2008
BOB wrote:
THIS CASE SOUNDS PRETTY STUPID AS FAR AS LAW ENFORCEMENT IS CONCERNED, BUT HEY, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TEXAS, AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE VERY SMART TO BE A COP IN TEXAS, I WONDER WHAT IS THE IQ OF THE TOP COP? BLACKS PROBABLY HAVE VERY LITTLE RIGHTS IN SOME OF THOSE CITIES IN TEXAS,THEY DO HAVE RIGHTS BUT THE COPS DON'T KNOW IT, OR THEY IGNORE THEIR RIGHTS.


Don't know about rights of Black Dude in Beaumont or Galveston, but Black Dudes in Port Arthur are not afraid of the law. In fact black dudes In Port Arthur are indifferent, emboldened and feel empowered.....2 black dudes forced me at knife point to perform oral sex to completion on both of them at park in Port Arthur....called me Cracker, snowflake, fag, white punk. Also slapped, kicked, punched and hit me before, during and after.

Told me little white boys like me were not good for anything but S**King a n***er's D**K...
Law out of control

United States

#10 Dec 28, 2008
I am sorry that that happened to you, but clearly they are not law abinding citizans. It brings me to a point that we need to make, about we should be able to defend ourselves with a conseld weapon of some kind whether it be a gun, brace-knuckles, switch blade, stun-gun high amps/watts, which ever will kill them, and pepper spray that will melt their eyes out of the sockets . An armed society is a polite society. And bad people get punished the right way and not in our pothedic court system.
Law out of control

United States

#11 Dec 28, 2008
brass sorry for the spelling errors.
Vendetta

Lake Charles, LA

#12 Jan 4, 2009
LOL
irfan gungor

Istanbul, Turkey

#13 Feb 15, 2009
DEAR FEMALES HELLO FROM ISTANBUL!
I AM AUSTRALIAN AND TURKISH MAN,60 YEARS OLD,TEACHER
I WANT PLENTY PICTURES FROM FEMALES FOR FRIENDSHIP.
BEST REGARDS FROM ISTANBUL!
mr_irfan_gungor@hotmail.com

Since: Aug 08

Port Arthur, TX

#14 Feb 16, 2009
backroadboy wrote:
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Don't know about rights of Black Dude in Beaumont or Galveston, but Black Dudes in Port Arthur are not afraid of the law. In fact black dudes In Port Arthur are indifferent, emboldened and feel empowered.....2 black dudes forced me at knife point to perform oral sex to completion on both of them at park in Port Arthur....called me Cracker, snowflake, fag, white punk. Also slapped, kicked, punched and hit me before, during and after.
Told me little white boys like me were not good for anything but S**King a n***er's D**K...
I hear PA police are about as crooked as it comes.
So did you press charges and if so, what happened with that?
Honest

Fincastle, VA

#16 Apr 8, 2009
It is a site stuff like this goes on I watched on Cnn where a girl in jail was beat on by cops,I watched on cnn where the cops held a fellow down and just shot him in the back.they wonder what is wrong with the people out here in the world,what about the law?

“.There is no sin except stupid”

Since: Nov 08

Place On Earth

#17 Apr 10, 2009
wow this is bad..
Fck Pigs

Port Neches, TX

#18 Apr 28, 2009
they beat me too
Dead Eye Daddy

United States

#19 Dec 29, 2009
If that was me and my wifes little girl some dead assailants would've been the issue. Yes, We are Texans first and a gun owners second. My wife and I would've been in cuffs and them putting down our dogs next for eating some attackers carcass. This story only serves as proof that anyone anywhere no matter who you are is only a breath away from prison for being in the right or not.
Kendra

Beaumont, TX

#20 Dec 30, 2009
BOB wrote:
THIS CASE SOUNDS PRETTY STUPID AS FAR AS LAW ENFORCEMENT IS CONCERNED, BUT HEY, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TEXAS, AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE VERY SMART TO BE A COP IN TEXAS, I WONDER WHAT IS THE IQ OF THE TOP COP? BLACKS PROBABLY HAVE VERY LITTLE RIGHTS IN SOME OF THOSE CITIES IN TEXAS,THEY DO HAVE RIGHTS BUT THE COPS DON'T KNOW IT, OR THEY IGNORE THEIR RIGHTS.
You are truly a moron. We are talking about Texas, a place where I was born and raised, right? I am absolutely positive that blacks have rights here. Since I am black, I think I would know.
If you can believe it we are even allowed to attend school! O and sometimes when we manage to figure out how to control ourselves in public, we are allowed to play sports, drive a car, and maybe even go to the grocery store! It's hard to believe I know, but this is TEXAS after all.
dcreel3

Lumberton, TX

#21 Jan 5, 2010
this site sux

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