With the George Zimmerman trial coming to a close, it’s important that we continue to keep his criminal injustice and cases like his alive in the public arena as well as in the face of our Supreme Court.
Another case brewing in Illinois is a deplorable case of police brutality as it was explained by the victim, a Wiley College honor student Gabriella Calhoun. A night out with friends rapidly became violent when they were eating at a Denny’s where a couple of girls got into a fight outside the restaurant. Once Denny’s called police, they ushered the girls back inside the restaurant to get cleaned up in the bathroom, but the fight ensued inside the restaurant and one of the young men seated at Calhoun’s table was somehow mistaken to be a part of the melee’. The rest is unfathomable.
As Calhoun tried to convince the police of her friend’s innocence, she was knocked to the ground with a baton to the head. According to Opposing Views:
“Calhoun followed the police and her friend, but was suddenly knocked unconscious by a female officer who hit her in the head with a night stick.
“I awoke spitting my teeth out on the ground,” claims Calhoun. “When I came to, the officer begin to choke me again. When I was finally able to talk, I asked the officer to please let me go because I have asthma, but she said, ‘I don’t care if you have asthma. You were hitting my officer.’”“Afterward, the officer kept saying over and over again, ‘how was your party’ as she held my face to the ground.”
Calhoun’s friend, Lynia Cooper, felt that the incident was a case of racial profiling as none of the other patrons were made to leave the restaurant.
“I think this is racial profiling not only by the Bloomington police department, but also by Denny’s. Nobody else in Denny’s had to leave except the African Americans in that area.”
Now it is up to us to bring her story to light because the major networks and/or media sites are not paying attention. Dr. Boyce Watkins wrote an eloquent report on the incident and has planned to meet with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton about the incident. According to Watkins report:
“I am fully supporting Gabriella and her family in their quest to pursue justice. Her mother told me that when she sought help for her child, all of the civil rights organizations she reached out to ignored her calls. Now, since the word is out, they are starting to call her back. This makes me happy, and I pray that it sends a clear signal to the Bloomington Police Department that you can’t treat our kids like animals, and if you do, we’ll have your job.”
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