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May 30, 2014

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

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


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.”






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26 thoughts on “Black Victim Says Police Begged Her Not to Prosecute White Burglary Suspect

  1. Watchful says:

    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, he shoulda been charged with breaking and entering at the least.

    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.

  2. PamelaFoster says:

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

  3. MorganaLeFay says:

    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.

  4. MorganaLeFay says:

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

  5. Watchful says:


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

  6. Watchful says:


    Or worse, shot and killed.

  7. DeangeloKing says:

    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).

  8. markee2013 says:

    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.

  9. PernellParham says:

    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.

  10. hiroader2 says:

    Questioning? where were her
    Family & friends ..

  11. AllenShaw says:

    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!

  12. BlackHercules says:

    You want justice get it yourself. She should have shot the intruder when she found him in her home.

  13. Snowballdoodlepop says:

    BlackHercules BlackHercules  Not once she found he wasn’t a threat anymore that is not “her own justice,” but murder and she would be the guilt party.

  14. Stickhoss says:

    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 _____.

  15. Stickhoss says:

    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

  16. LoAintwrappedtootightKey says:

    hiroader2 Why?

  17. KieshaPinkyMakins says:


  18. BigWood says:

    Black brothers and sisters, you must understand “These People” are your mortal enemy. Why do you insist on going to a brick building every Sunday and praying to your enemy as your GOD?? Wake up Black people, your enemy still views you as damn fools for worshipping them even though they kick your @ss on a daily basis

  19. queenofmeanest says:

    I have two words for those pigs.

    F&CK YOU.

  20. queenofmeanest says:

    Yes, you are too rational for racists.

  21. queenofmeanest says:

    After my mother passed, I was packing her things to distribute to a women’s shelter.  I heard some noise outside her bedroom window.  The outside window sill is six feet off the ground.  I walked into her bedroom and I saw a white man crawling through the bedroom window.  I had a gun in my hand.  I waited until he fully came through the window and I shot him.  Not once, but twice.

    He managed to dive outside the window.  I called the police and my dogs started to chase him and they caught up with him and held him at bay.  When the pigs arrived they did not ask any questions.  They did not go around the side of the house to find his ladder.  The tool he used to enter my mother’s home.

    The pigs did not even look for him.  They threatened to contact animal control about my dogs and I asked about what about the intruder?  Their question was?  WHAT ABOUT THE INTRUDER?  Ma’am your dogs are roaming the streets at 3:10 a.m.

    I said f&ck you.  I will take care of the intruder myself.  I called my dogs.  My gun still in my hand.  The dogs walked past the pigs and came into the house.  The pigs tried to say something and I said, you f&ck&rs did not want to do you job and I slammed the door.

    They stood at their respective squad cars discussing the upcoming Super Bowl.  I called the police station and demanded their Sergeant come out and solve this problem.  She did come out and I explained everything to her and that I will be filing a lawsuit against her, her so-called officers and the whole police department and the city itself.

    She said that I had better not.  My mother’s nosy neighbors videotaped the whole thing.  After the lawsuit was filed and I threatened to turn the video to the news media.  They settled. 

    From the point on, I will never contact the police.  I will contact the coroner himself.

    As for that white man.  A ambulance was called and he was taken to the hospital.  He tried to sue me and he lost big time.  I countersued and won.  He cannot file bankruptcy to escape that judgement.

  22. queenofmeanest says:

    Watchful PamelaFoster 
    Definitely shot and killed.

  23. Watchful says:


    U’re phuckin’ awesome, queen!

  24. queenofmeanest says:

    Watchful queenofmeanest 
    you too.

  25. Watchful says:


    : )

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