Black Victim Says Police Begged Her Not to Prosecute White Burglary Suspect

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A black woman says she awoke to find a white man bleeding in her living room after having broken through her window to enter the home. She says she called 911 and expected police to do their job and arrest the suspect, but instead, she alleges officers minimized the break-in and encouraged her not to file charges against the white suspect.

Vivica Keyes, 54, says Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies minimized the seriousness of the January 23rd break in. Keyes says the responding officer told her that the assailant didn’t mean any harm and that Keyes should just let it go.

“[Officer Royo] told me that it was not a burglary because he hadn’t stolen anything, it was not a forced entry because he was spooked, she put it, and it was not an assault and battery because, in her opinion, I wasn’t hurt,” Keyes said in a statement, according to CBS Los Angeles.


Keyes said that the officers even went so far as to bring the assailant’s parents to her home so that they could beg her not to prosecute their son.

“A 29-year-old person was allowed to get his parents to my home within an hour of the incident,” said Keyes. “So my question is, who called him and how did they get to my house that quickly?”

Keyes continued:  “The parents come up and just immediately start asking me not to press charges. And saying, you know, my son has never done anything like this.”

Keyes also says she believes the way officers handled the case was racial.

“The only reasonable conclusion I can come to regarding the Sheriff’s Department’s behavior towards me is that it is because I am a black woman and the suspect is a white male. This is unacceptable and no other victim should have to endure what I have gone through.”

 

 

 

 

 

17 comments
Stickhoss
Stickhoss

He'll get 2 days in jail and 2 years probation get out and rob, rape or kill somebody else.  I hate to say it but white men have more opportunities than any other race in this country.  So why do YOU rob and steal?  Lazy or just want to get high, miss having slaves?  What 

Stickhoss
Stickhoss

Damn, some people are just entirely to retarded. To ask, where was her family?  What Black people can't be home alone.  But to say once she found him, "in her house" he was no longer a threat. What ya'll don't rape Black women ANYMORE, you test tube babies.  He should've been charged with Burglary of a habitation with the intent to _____. 

BlackHercules
BlackHercules

We can be murdered for simply knocking on a door or asking the police for help after we have been injured. She should have shot the intruder when she found him in her home and gotten her own justice because the system is justforthem.

AllenShaw
AllenShaw

Did this lady file charges or yield to the request.  If she did not agree with what happened, did she file a grievance with her local authorities after the police left.

If she did, why are the results of her attempts to receive justice not included as a part of this article?

If a person feels they have been harmed they should always seek advice from someone, such as their minister or other friend. 

Reporting this to this space seems like a futile attempt to receive justice!

hiroader2
hiroader2

Questioning? where were her

Family & friends ..

PernellParham
PernellParham

You know, I try not to see race in everything, but it is so obvious that we are discriminated against. Look at all the men being released for crimes they didn't commit, but whites especially, are given vastly less severe punishment. This is true for all crimes. We get 10 years, they get probation.

markee2013
markee2013

She should carry on and press charges against the prick don't let the police and their tactics intimidate her .If that was a black man he would have been hand cuffed or shot on sight. 

DeangeloKing
DeangeloKing

I'm annoyed by the lack of justice for minorities. A white guy does something and it's okay and should be brushed off. If this would have been a black guy, you'd be hearing about the cops hauling another black man to jail. No mercy means no mercy. Last time I checked, cops can't make recommendations about what should be done. They are only allowed to ask the victim how they wish to proceed. If this ever happens to me, please believe that full charges will be pressed (if I don't blow him away for breaking into my home in the first place).

MorganaLeFay
MorganaLeFay

I am a little annoyed that Vivica Keyes is referred to as "a black woman"- she does have a name. 


Otherwise, I definitely agree with her. Take a look at the majority of incarcerated Americans; it is almost all African-American men. If we reverse this situation, there is no doubt that nothing short of a miracle would have prevented the burglar for going to jail. 


This man clearly broke into her home when he had absolutely no right to be there. He trespassed on private property which is a clear breach of the law. Whether he stole anything or not is completely irrelevant; he had NO right to be there. 


Why should I be explaining this? Am I too rational for racists? 


Another disgusting example of racial bias inside America's so-called legal system. I only hope that Vivica is not put off by this and presses charges regardless. As a law-abiding American citizen, she has the right to prosecute where she deems necessary. She has the right to sleep inside her home which she pays for without fearing that someone will break in and knowing that the racist law enforcement will hinder her efforts for justice. She pays for that property; her night-time visitor does not. He is in clear breach of the law and deserves to be punished, just like any burglar or law-breaker. 


End of story. 

PamelaFoster
PamelaFoster

That officer needs to be fired! A black man would have been cuffed, possibly beaten and jailed in less than an hour.

Watchful
Watchful

I don't doubt that race may have been a factor and maybe THE key factor in the police officer's behavior, but I would be curious to know if the officer(s) may have known the suspect and/or his family on a personal level. Nevertheless, they shoulda at least charged him with breaking and entering.


LASD has had some issues when it comes to how it has dealt with some black residents who live within its jurisdiction as was reported in this Huffington Post article.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/29/la-sheriffs-dept-blacks_n_3522624.html

MorganaLeFay
MorganaLeFay

@Watchful I think you will find most police departments in America make trouble for black Americans, but then dismiss black complaints. 

Watchful
Watchful

@MorganaLeFay 


Trust me, Morgana ... I've long been aware of that fact. The question is, what r we gonna do about it?