When her mother and father came outside after hearing her cries for help she was desperately holding a tree with one arm while plainclothes officers were beating her in the head, neck and throat.

 

Dymond Milburn, now 20-years-old, was an honor student attending advanced classes at Austin Middle School, when her life would be forever scarred by Galveston police.

On the night of August 22, 2006 at 7:45 PM, Emily Milburn was preparing her children for school the next day, when a breaker broke, cutting off electricity to the family’s home. Emily asked her daughter, Dymond, to go outside and hit the switch, located downstairs and outside the house.

When Dymond went outside the house toward the breaker box, a blue van drove up to the house and three men jumped out and start attacking her. One of the men grabbed Dymond and said “You’re a prostitute. You’re coming with me.”

Like anyone in their right mind would, Dymond resisted being pulled into a van with complete strangers. Dymond grabbed a tree and started yelling “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.”

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Officer David Roark had his hand over the mouth of Milburn when her father came out on the balcony after hearing his daughter’s cries for help. The other officers, Justin Popovich and Sean Stewart, beat Dymond’s face, head and throat while their supervisor, Sgt. Gilbert Gomez, watched on in approval.

Dymond’s parents approached the cops and said “That’s our daughter. She’s twelve.” Roark responded “I don’t care if she’s twenty-two, thirty-two, or forty-six.”

The cops dragged Dymond into the van. Obviously they were now well aware that the kidnapping they had intended had gone wrong, so they decided to drop Dymond off at a hospital.

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The examining physician found that the girl had 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. Dymond’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. Dymond’s ear drum and nose were also injured (blood in ear, bruised nasal septum, and nose bleed).

After the attack, Dymond suffered from PTSD, nightmares, and an inability to concentrate in school.

When she finally healed enough (physically) to return to school a horrible surprise was waiting for her. Police showed up to Austin Middle School and arrested Dymond for resisting and assaulting a peace officer. A twelve year old girl!

In a blatant disregard of logic and common sense, the court system in Galveston felt these charges were justified and Milburn was actually charged with assault on an officer and tried, twice! After three years and two mistrials, the DA finally dropped her case.

Immediately after her criminal trials, the family filed a civil suit, naming the four officers as plaintiffs. After multiple appeals by officers, including asking the court to dismiss the case based upon qualified immunity, meaning that the officers were just doing their job and are thereby shielded from civil liability, a settlement has yet to have been reached.

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None of the officers were fired. In fact Gomez went on to work for the department up until 2012 when he started his own private detective services. 2 years after he beat a 12 year-old girl to the point of hospitalization, Officer Sean Stewart was named Galveston “Officer of the year”!

This story is one of the most brutal examples of a failed justice system. Unfortunately, the state has learned nothing from it.

Just this past Thursday, Danièle Watts, star of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, wrote on her Facebook page that she was handcuffed and thrown into the back of a police cruiser after failing to provide officers with ID.

The reason for the kidnapping….cops assumed she was a prostitute. She had done absolutely nothing wrong.

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • Marcia Smith

    What picture are you looking at? I see a light skinned Black girl with a white hand over her mouth.

  • Marcia Smith

    This country is fucked. If all minorities were to disappear, who would you animals begin to feed on.

    • I’m not talking about minorities, I’m talking about a species of sub-human hominids.

  • Marcia Smith

    Do you own a mirror in your trailer?

    • I have several mirrors in my HOUSE. In fact, now that I think about it, there is at least one in every room. What’s your point?

      • Sandra Bell

        If you have a gun, you could do everyone a favor by putting it to your big, ugly head and pulling the trigger. You are an ignorant abscess and a virus on this planet. Please disappear.

        • Ignorant? No sweetie, I’m trying to share some knowledge with you folks. I’m sorry if it is unpleasant or upsetting to you, but new truths that upset an established paradigm are often difficult for people to accept. And yes, I do own a firearm, which I train and practice with on a weekly basis, but it is only for home defence. My neighborhood has recently experienced a string of robberies and home invasions by these sub-humans beasts. Just the other day one of my close neighbors, an elderly widow, had her home robbed by a pack of these creatures (all recorded by her surveillance cameras). Luckily she wasn’t home… I shudder to think of what would have happened to her if she’d been home at the time. Until you have personally experience the brutal savagery of these feral creatures, you won’t truly understand what I’m talking about.

          • Sandra Bell

            You are implying — no, blatantly stating — that these “creatures” only come in the color black. There are all kinds of individuals in every race, color and nationality. Most all of the disgusting pedophiles are older , white males. That doesn’t mean ALL white males should have to pay for it. I wouldn’t want an officer of the law to beat up my innocent, preteen daughter in front of her own home, just because she was white. And I wouldn’t like, online bigot. No one, least of all I, want to see your elderly neighbor be robbed or hurt, and neither do I want to see an innocent youngster be beaten by those who are supposed to protect her.

  • Kara Greenfield

    Sounds to me like the subhuman species found its way to the internet. That girl has more humanity in her than you have in your entire being. Please do not reproduce, and if you already have, please quarantine both yourself and them so the rest of humanity is not infected with your prejudicial idiocy.

  • Sandra Bell

    You are even more mentally disturbed than I had imagined. Your last, long comment came to my inbox, but is deleted here, so, at least other readers won’t have to be appalled and sickened by your outrageous, bigoted statements. You are a sorry excuse for humanity. When your ilk die out, perhaps this planet can heal.

  • whitecat31

    The reason why the DA fights so hard in these cases to charge innocent victims with crimes, is to protect their city from lawsuits, where they will lose millions of dollars. Justice takes a backseat to the embarrassment of losing millions of dollars of taxpayers money because of overzealous police officers. This is the standard operating procedures of almost all municipalities. Protect the officers at all cost (even over justice), because it protects the city from lawsuits.