September 16, 2014 2:51 pm
Police brutality is not a new phenomenon, as evidenced by the case of a Galveston girl who was beaten by police after being mistaken for a prostitute.
According to The Free Thought Project, on the night of August 22, 2006, 12 year old Dymond Milburn was sent outside to pull the switch after a breaker broke, causing the home to lose electricity.
While Dymond was walking, a van drove up and someone yelled, “You’re a prostitute! You’re coming with me!” Given that the young girl didn’t know who was trying to throw her in the van, she resisted and screamed for her daddy.
By the time Dymond’s father realized what was happening, the young girl was being beaten by officers:
Officer David Roark had his hand over the mouth of Milburn when her father came out on the balcony after hearing his daughter’s cries for help. The other officers, Justin Popovich and Sean Stewart, beat Dymond’s face, head and throat while their supervisor, Sgt. Gilbert Gomez, watched on in approval.
Dymond’s parents ran to the cops and yelled, “That’s our daughter. She’s twelve.” then Roark answered “I don’t care if she’s twenty-two, thirty-two, or forty-six.” Police then kidnapped the girl and dropped her off at the hospital, where she was treated for numerous injuries, including to her face and ear drum.
As if that weren’t enough, police showed up at the girl’s school and arrested her again, charging her with resisting and assaulting a peace officer. Unfortunately, the charges weren’t dropped. Since prosecutors were only looking at the win column, the 12 year old girl was prosecuted.
The family filed a civil suit against Galveston police, but has not reached a settlement, reports The Free Thought Project. The officers in the case requested immunity and were never fired.
After the kidnapping outside her own home, Dymond, now 20, suffered from PTSD and nightmares.