responding to a call that three white prostitutes were working Milburn’s neighborhood. The girl’s mom sent her outside to flip the switch on the breaker box because the house had lost power, the police spotted Dymond (not white) and jumped from the van and ran toward the girl. One cop said, “You’re a prostitute. You’re coming with me!”
The terrified girl grabbed onto a tree and shouted, “Daddy, Daddy!” The parents ran outside and saw their daughter hysterical and holding onto a tree with one arm, while the officers hit her in the back of the head, neck and throat with a flashlight and slapping her across the face, telling her to get off the tree.
The girl required medical attention for head, back and throat pain, a sprained wrist, contusions and abrasions, black eyes, double vision, loss of hearing, nausea and vomiting, blood in her ear, and bled from the nose. She has since had behavioral problems, nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Three weeks later police arrested the girl at school for resisting and assaulting a PEACE officer. After three years and two mistrials, the DA finally dropped her case.
“The city has investigated the matter and found that the conduct of the police officers was appropriate under the circumstances,”
Sauces: (http://www.courthousenews.com/2008/08/26/Parents_Say_Four_Cops_Beat_Girl_12.htm) (http://blogs.houstonpress.com/news/2009/02/final_arguments_expected_in_tr.php) (http://blogs.houstonpress.com/news/2008/12/galveston_false_arrest.php)
Edit: The father was also arrested. Here’s the actual lawsuit, goes into great detail of conduct appropriate under the circumstances…
“The van they were traveling in was unmarked and the officers were not in uniform. The officers did not identify themselves as police. ”
” Wilfred Milburn, Plaintiff’s father, was on the balcony when heard his daughter’s cries for help and came outside. Emily Wilburn also heard the cries and ran outside. When they arrived outside, Plaintiff was hysterical and holding on to the tree with one arm; two officers were striking Plaintiff’s child be head, face and throat at the time.”
“Wilfred Milburn told the officer ‘that’s our daughter. She’s twelve.'”
” The officer responded, “I don’t care if she’s twenty-two, thirty-two, or forty-six. Tell her to calm down.” “Plaintiff’s parents asked the officers if they could comfort their daughter. Their request was denied.”
” parents took her to the University of Texas Medical Branch for treatment The examining physician found that Plaintiff suffered injuries from multiple blows to the head, face, neck, lower back, left shoulder, and left hip/waist area. She suffered a contusion to the back of the head (where she was struck with a flashlight). There were abrasions on her arm and wrist. Plaintiff’s throat was swollen; she had difficulty swallowing, nausea and vomiting, and hoarseness of voice due to being struck in the throat. She had black eyes, scalp lacerations, tenderness of the vertebrae. She was experiencing double vision and loss of hearing. ear drum and nose were also injured (blood in ear, bruised nasal septum, and nose bleed)”