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thepoliticalfreakshow:

Remembering Injured/Killed African-American Victims of Police Brutality
Dymond Milburn, 20-Year-Old African-American Teenager Assaulted By Police Officers When She Was 12, Then Charged With Assault By The Cops That Assaulted Her, & Police Alleged She Was A Prostitute
Three police officers in Texas accused a 12-year-old black girl of being a prostitute, beat and kidnapped her, and none of them ever faced any consequences for their actions.
On August 22, 2006, 12-year-old Dymond Milburn was outside her home flipping a breaker switch to help her family after the electricity went out, when a blue van pulled up and three men exited the vehicle without identifying themselves. The men were cops in plain clothes with the Galveston police and they accused Dymond, who is black, of being a prostitute.
“You’re a prostitute,” an officer declared. “You’re coming with me.”
They then tried to drag Milburn into their van while she scratched and clawed in her struggle to stop them from taking her. She screamed for her father to come to her rescue while the angry officers began beating her in an effort to force her into the van. One of the officers, David Roark, muzzled the girl’s mouth with his hand to silence her.
Hearing her screams, Dymond’s parents arrived on the scene and told officers, “That’s our daughter. She’s twelve.” But Roark didn’t give a damn. “I don’t care if she’s twenty-two, thirty-two, or forty-six,” Roark responded.
Along with Roark, the other officers included Sean Stewart and their Sergeant, Gilbert Gomez. They believed they had the right to take Dymond Milburn away without consulting her parents. Horrified, Dymond’s parents were devastated and powerless as the officers literally kidnapped their daughter before their eyes.
The officers decided to bring Dymond to the hospital for medical attention, and the level of her injuries was devastating. As a result of the brutal beating by police, the little girl suffered a head injury, a throat injury, abrasions on her arms, a sprained wrist, two black eyes, and lacerations as well as spinal injuries. On top of all these physical wounds, Dymond also suffered nightmares and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In all, her injuries resulted in a hospital bill totaling $8,000.
But police still weren’t done putting Dymond through hell. When she finally returned to school following her release from the hospital, police embarrassed her further by showing up at her school. They arrested her in front of her classmates at Austin Middle School in revenge for putting up a fight. The charges? Assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
You read that right. Cops beat the hell out of this girl and they charge HER with assault. Plus she resisted the officers because that’s what we tell our children to do when strangers try to force them into a vehicle against their will.
Milburn and her family had to deal with two mistrials over a period of three years before the District Attorney agreed to stop pursuing the charges. By then, Dymond was 15-years-old and a huge chunk of her childhood was stolen from her. In retaliation, the Milburns filed a civil lawsuit against the officers who changed her life three year earlier. But none of them have been punished and a settlement hasn’t occurred. Basically, all three officers complicit in the kidnapping and beating of the then-12-year-old girl got away with it. Sean Stewart was actually named “Officer of the Year” sometime later and Gomez went on to be promoted prior to becoming a private detective.
Dymond Milburn is 20-years-old now and still hasn’t received justice for what these police officers did to her. She was just a black 12-year-old girl in front of her own home at night, and yet, police accused her of being a prostitute even though she didn’t do anything wrong and officers had no cause to accuse her of anything. In fact, the only reason the officers were around is because they were responding to a call about three white prostitutes allegedly soliciting in the area. However, they attacked a black child who obviously didn’t fit the description instead and accused her of being the prostitute. Remember, we’re talking about a 12-year-old girl who was at her house with her parents. She was an honors student helping around the house. She wasn’t out on the street hooking.
Police brutality against people of color is not just an epidemic today. It’s been around for a long time. And even children aren’t immune from illegal police behavior. If this can happen to one child, it can happen to any child in America. For too long, police have been able to do what they want to the citizens they are supposed to serve and protect with little or no consequences. That needs to change or police behavior never will. [PoliticusUSA]

Are you fucking kidding me

j-j-jellal:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Remembering Injured/Killed African-American Victims of Police Brutality

Dymond Milburn, 20-Year-Old African-American Teenager Assaulted By Police Officers When She Was 12, Then Charged With Assault By The Cops That Assaulted Her, & Police Alleged She Was A Prostitute

Three police officers in Texas accused a 12-year-old black girl of being a prostitute, beat and kidnapped her, and none of them ever faced any consequences for their actions.

On August 22, 2006, 12-year-old Dymond Milburn was outside her home flipping a breaker switch to help her family after the electricity went out, when a blue van pulled up and three men exited the vehicle without identifying themselves. The men were cops in plain clothes with the Galveston police and they accused Dymond, who is black, of being a prostitute.

“You’re a prostitute,” an officer declared. “You’re coming with me.”

They then tried to drag Milburn into their van while she scratched and clawed in her struggle to stop them from taking her. She screamed for her father to come to her rescue while the angry officers began beating her in an effort to force her into the van. One of the officers, David Roark, muzzled the girl’s mouth with his hand to silence her.

Hearing her screams, Dymond’s parents arrived on the scene and told officers, “That’s our daughter. She’s twelve.” But Roark didn’t give a damn. “I don’t care if she’s twenty-two, thirty-two, or forty-six,” Roark responded.

Along with Roark, the other officers included Sean Stewart and their Sergeant, Gilbert Gomez. They believed they had the right to take Dymond Milburn away without consulting her parents. Horrified, Dymond’s parents were devastated and powerless as the officers literally kidnapped their daughter before their eyes.

The officers decided to bring Dymond to the hospital for medical attention, and the level of her injuries was devastating. As a result of the brutal beating by police, the little girl suffered a head injury, a throat injury, abrasions on her arms, a sprained wrist, two black eyes, and lacerations as well as spinal injuries. On top of all these physical wounds, Dymond also suffered nightmares and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In all, her injuries resulted in a hospital bill totaling $8,000.

But police still weren’t done putting Dymond through hell. When she finally returned to school following her release from the hospital, police embarrassed her further by showing up at her school. They arrested her in front of her classmates at Austin Middle School in revenge for putting up a fight. The charges? Assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

You read that right. Cops beat the hell out of this girl and they charge HER with assault. Plus she resisted the officers because that’s what we tell our children to do when strangers try to force them into a vehicle against their will.

Milburn and her family had to deal with two mistrials over a period of three years before the District Attorney agreed to stop pursuing the charges. By then, Dymond was 15-years-old and a huge chunk of her childhood was stolen from her. In retaliation, the Milburns filed a civil lawsuit against the officers who changed her life three year earlier. But none of them have been punished and a settlement hasn’t occurred. Basically, all three officers complicit in the kidnapping and beating of the then-12-year-old girl got away with it. Sean Stewart was actually named “Officer of the Year” sometime later and Gomez went on to be promoted prior to becoming a private detective.

Dymond Milburn is 20-years-old now and still hasn’t received justice for what these police officers did to her. She was just a black 12-year-old girl in front of her own home at night, and yet, police accused her of being a prostitute even though she didn’t do anything wrong and officers had no cause to accuse her of anything. In fact, the only reason the officers were around is because they were responding to a call about three white prostitutes allegedly soliciting in the area. However, they attacked a black child who obviously didn’t fit the description instead and accused her of being the prostitute. Remember, we’re talking about a 12-year-old girl who was at her house with her parents. She was an honors student helping around the house. She wasn’t out on the street hooking.

Police brutality against people of color is not just an epidemic today. It’s been around for a long time. And even children aren’t immune from illegal police behavior. If this can happen to one child, it can happen to any child in America. For too long, police have been able to do what they want to the citizens they are supposed to serve and protect with little or no consequences. That needs to change or police behavior never will. [PoliticusUSA]

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doingthingsinthedesert:

Ugh I found some bright white hairs on my head TUMBLR I AM GETTING OLD WTF IS THIS WHO WANTS TO COME OVER AND HELP ME MAKE A GIANT MESS AND DYE MY HAIR WITH HENNA

Lucky it took so long. Could have been like me and…

OR I can use it as an excuse to try and color my hair with henna. You know I won’t keep it up, I’m lazy.

"The Native Americans took flak as they were being filmed for The Daily Show at the FedEx Field on Sunday, where Redskins fans tailgating an NFL season opener shouted obscenities at them. According to one of the Native Americans, one man shouted at them “Thanks a lot for letting us use your name, boys!”"

Everyone Gets Mad on Daily Show Shouting Match Between Redskins Fans and Native Americans | TIME

This provides important contrast to Kelli O’Dell’s boohooing about saying a bunch of racist stuff in front of TV cameras and then getting called out for it by Native Americans, then after two days of being unable to ensure the footage wouldn’t make it to TV calling the cops for feeling “in danger.” White people don’t have any problem being racist as fuck as long as they think they are alone with other white people or outnumber people of color. Put them in a room with people of color, though, where they aren’t the majority and do not have the obvious upperhand? Suddenly they’re victims for saying exactly what they would gladly say as long as there were only white people in the room or as long as they perceive that only the white people who agree with them in the audience matter.

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lordbronious:

doingthingsinthedesert:

Ugh I found some bright white hairs on my head TUMBLR I AM GETTING OLD WTF IS THIS WHO WANTS TO COME OVER AND HELP ME MAKE A GIANT MESS AND DYE MY HAIR WITH HENNA

Lucky it took so long. Could have been like me and been going grey since you were 16

Then I would have had more time to get used to it. Besides, that salt-and-pepper thing you’ve got going on makes you look all distinguished.

mossofthewoodsjewelry:

As of today, I am 80% of the way on my fundraiser! I’ve finished compiling the ingredients for the tea, and have begun making the thank you cards.
So here’s the deal, friends. If I am able to reach my funding goal by tonight, I will increase the number of names drawn in the raffle by two. That makes seven prize winners total. That’s a huge chance to win!
Remember, just five dollars gets you a thank you card and kettle-sized packet of home made tea as pictured above, as well as your name in a raffle to win a piece of jewelry, free of charge.
I apologize for being so pushy, but it would be wonderful to clear this final hurdle in one push, and have a camera in time to photograph the fall foliage, and upcoming craft fair season.
Thank you all so much for sticking with me, and, I ask you, hopefully for the last time, if you are unable to contribute, if you wouldn’t mind reblogging. Thank you!

mossofthewoodsjewelry:

As of today, I am 80% of the way on my fundraiser! I’ve finished compiling the ingredients for the tea, and have begun making the thank you cards.

So here’s the deal, friends. If I am able to reach my funding goal by tonight, I will increase the number of names drawn in the raffle by two. That makes seven prize winners total. That’s a huge chance to win!

Remember, just five dollars gets you a thank you card and kettle-sized packet of home made tea as pictured above, as well as your name in a raffle to win a piece of jewelry, free of charge.

I apologize for being so pushy, but it would be wonderful to clear this final hurdle in one push, and have a camera in time to photograph the fall foliage, and upcoming craft fair season.

Thank you all so much for sticking with me, and, I ask you, hopefully for the last time, if you are unable to contribute, if you wouldn’t mind reblogging. Thank you!

aishatyler:

notfuckingcishet:

socialjusticekoolaid:


Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace

September 20th, 2014
Just in case anyone thinks these are old posts still going round Tumblr: they’re not. 

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notfuckingcishet:

socialjusticekoolaid:


Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace

September 20th, 2014
Just in case anyone thinks these are old posts still going round Tumblr: they’re not. 

sigh.
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aishatyler:

notfuckingcishet:

socialjusticekoolaid:


Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace

September 20th, 2014
Just in case anyone thinks these are old posts still going round Tumblr: they’re not. 

sigh.
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aishatyler:

notfuckingcishet:

socialjusticekoolaid:


Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace

September 20th, 2014
Just in case anyone thinks these are old posts still going round Tumblr: they’re not. 

sigh.
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aishatyler:

notfuckingcishet:

socialjusticekoolaid:


Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace

September 20th, 2014
Just in case anyone thinks these are old posts still going round Tumblr: they’re not. 

sigh.
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aishatyler:

notfuckingcishet:

socialjusticekoolaid:


Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace

September 20th, 2014
Just in case anyone thinks these are old posts still going round Tumblr: they’re not. 

sigh.
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aishatyler:

notfuckingcishet:

socialjusticekoolaid:


Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace

September 20th, 2014
Just in case anyone thinks these are old posts still going round Tumblr: they’re not. 

sigh.
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aishatyler:

notfuckingcishet:

socialjusticekoolaid:


Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace

September 20th, 2014
Just in case anyone thinks these are old posts still going round Tumblr: they’re not. 

sigh.
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aishatyler:

notfuckingcishet:

socialjusticekoolaid:


Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace

September 20th, 2014
Just in case anyone thinks these are old posts still going round Tumblr: they’re not. 

sigh.
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aishatyler:

notfuckingcishet:

socialjusticekoolaid:


Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace

September 20th, 2014
Just in case anyone thinks these are old posts still going round Tumblr: they’re not. 

sigh.
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aishatyler:

notfuckingcishet:

socialjusticekoolaid:

Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace

September 20th, 2014

Just in case anyone thinks these are old posts still going round Tumblr: they’re not. 

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thelethifoldwitch:

WITCH WEEKLY’S WORLD WIDE WITCHES TO WATCH
ARIELLE DUPONT - HALF-MER MISTRESS OF MARINE MAGIC
Half-mer Mlle DuPont spends much of her time with the merpeople off the coast of Marseilles, using their knowledge and skills to track fish shoals and learn the effect muggle fishing is having on their populations. Her studies have not only increased wixen awareness of the dangers of overfishing, but she has helped to pioneer wixen-mer alliances to help cope with the decreasing fish supply.
At the formalisation of the alliance of Lyonesse she was the merpeoples selected translator, and allowed the alliance between merpeople and wixen to go ahead. This alliance is the foremost in wixen-mer interactions, would not have been possible without Mlle DuPont. Unfortunately Mlle DuPont was not available for interview, engaged as she was, with continuing her work, tracking fish shoals.
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thelethifoldwitch:

WITCH WEEKLY’S WORLD WIDE WITCHES TO WATCH

ARIELLE DUPONT - HALF-MER MISTRESS OF MARINE MAGIC

Half-mer Mlle DuPont spends much of her time with the merpeople off the coast of Marseilles, using their knowledge and skills to track fish shoals and learn the effect muggle fishing is having on their populations. Her studies have not only increased wixen awareness of the dangers of overfishing, but she has helped to pioneer wixen-mer alliances to help cope with the decreasing fish supply.

At the formalisation of the alliance of Lyonesse she was the merpeoples selected translator, and allowed the alliance between merpeople and wixen to go ahead. This alliance is the foremost in wixen-mer interactions, would not have been possible without Mlle DuPont. Unfortunately Mlle DuPont was not available for interview, engaged as she was, with continuing her work, tracking fish shoals.

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Ugh I found some bright white hairs on my head TUMBLR I AM GETTING OLD WTF IS THIS WHO WANTS TO COME OVER AND HELP ME MAKE A GIANT MESS AND DYE MY HAIR WITH HENNA