The story we reported last week on the unidentified father of a child that was disciplined on camera for the world to see, was a story by Jasiri X for Worldstarhiphop.com on Sept. 26. Essentially, he agreed with the treatment the man’s son was given, but he neglected to let us in on the father’s arrest.
That very same day the story was printed on Worldstar, the father, Devery Michael Broox, 25, was arrested for child abuse. We didn’t get that information from the Jasiri X article, but the associate professor at Howard University he quoted in his article, Dr. Ivory Toldson, who said that Broox should be arrested gave us the information.
Toldson commented on our story saying:
“The man in this video tape was arrested (http://www.jailbase.com/en/arrested/fl-occ/2011-09-26/devery-michael-broox-11037327) for his actions.
I’m sure many of you who commented in favor of this man’s actions will cry fowl. You have your opinion, however my personal opinion was not formed to limit the personal liberties of parents who chose corporal punishment. My opinion was formed based on the many children and adults who I’ve worked with, many in prison, who experienced abuse as a child. The actions seen in the video will only add to the number of black men in the criminal justice system, not prevent it. Please learn the difference between discipline and abuse. Understand that being a parent take insight, wisdom, creative, love, and yes discipline.
Yes, I am a parent, and yes it is hard. But abuse is abuse. If we don’t hold our own accountable, then we will be subject to the state. Black people, we better than that. And we better than the man in this video.”
Wow. I wonder how much time he’ll get for this and how THAT will affect his son. One to grow on, ladies and gentleman. One to grow on.