90-Year-Old ‘Brutally Abused’ by Baltimore Police Receives Settlement

Venus Green, 90, filed a complaint against Baltimore Police in 2009, after they attacked her in her home. She won a $95,000 settlement.

The injustice and brutal force from inner city police against African Americans is unrelenting. Anytime the age and gender of a suspect has no bearing on how they will be treated, there is a serious problem.  The state of Maryland is in the middle of a heated debate over the issue of arresting and handcuffing children and now, the elderly.  But one senior citizen wasn’t taking it sitting down.  She fought back and won.

Baltimore city had to shell out $95,000 this week to an elderly woman by the name of Venus Green, who fought back for her rights and won.  She is a 90-year old retired principal who was in a scuffle with police three years ago when she was 87.  The altercation began over her grandson, Tallie, who was allegedly injured in a nearby convenience store.

Tallie had been shot at the store and he managed to get to her home where he was still bleeding.  Paramedics were called to her home, but the police insisted that the injury was sustained in Green’s home and that she was hiding the evidence.  But when she told him he would not search her home because he did not have a warrant, the officer began to rough her up:

“He dragged me, threw me across the chair, put handcuffs on me and just started calling me the ‘b’ name. He ridiculed me,” Green said.

An officer then went into her basement to search Tallie’s living area and she closed the door and locked him in.  The senior citizen said it was her “prerogative” to do so:

“This was my private home, and if I latched it, that was my prerogative because he had no search warrant to go in my basement. So, I had to right to latch it…”I was once a block watcher, department head of a high school. (I’ve) been around education for over 50 years. (I’m a) law-abiding citizen, I’ve never been arrested, I paid my taxes, owned my home, my husband died 34 years ago. (I) raised my son and I have been brutally abused,” Green said. “I feel like the Police Department needs to go back to school.

What a warrior!  But she deserved a lot more than less than $100,000.  Check out Mrs. Green’s interview here with Baltimore’s local NBC affiliate.  She agrees.

-J.C. Brooks

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