DV One and his daughter were brutally beaten and tazed by the Seattle Police in September of this year - and today DV one has a court hearing for charges that may or may not be brought against him. (DV’s personal account of what happened is pasted at the end of this bulletin)
Now is the time to put all of those “unity in hiphop” statements to work. We are trying to “rally the troops” and get as many people possible to pack the courtroom in support of DV. To speak for his good character (if you know him - you know how non violent and stand up he is) and if you don’t know him personally - to just come and show support for a member of the Seattle Hiphop Family.
His hearing is TODAY people - so come and stand up — and show the police and local officials that Seattle Hiphop is a movement that supports more that just the music - we support justice for everyone.
TODAY - WEDNESDAY 9/20/06 at 2:30pm in the King County Jail BLDG courthouse.
Courtroom ..1 (5th and James; downtown Seattle).
this is my declaration to be submitted ASAP.. 3 of 20+
On September 15, 2006 at around 7:30pm I went to memorial stadium to pick up my daughter (Andrea Christian) from her high schools football game at memorial stadium. Upon my arrival I quickly located Andrea and directed her to the car so we could leave. As my daughter walked away (toward the car) I stayed behind and chatted with a friend briefly before being interrupted by one of Andreas friends, Adreianna Holmes.
Adreianna said Toby, the police have Andrea! and I should go see what was going on. As I went over to the scene I noticed Andrea being held by the police in an arm lock and being shoved repeatedly against a parked car by a police officer, while another officer stood guard. I approached the scene and was immediately stopped by the female police officer who said I couldnt go over there with her hands outstretched blocking. I identified myself as the parent of the child being detained and the officer said so what!
The female officer then reached for her flashlight and pulled it out. I put my hands up, and backed off
saying whoa, whoa, and she responded with oh so youre gonna hit me? and immediately radiod the all
call officer assaulted after sending the radio to other officers she proceeded forward rushing in toward
me swinging, the officer detaining my daughter pulled out his firearm as more officers swarmed in. I turned my back avoid being shot, hit, or grabbed. I was then slammed to the ground by two officers, handcuffed, kicked in the head (approx 20x), body and limbs repeatedly, berated and tazed at least twice, while already subdued on the ground.
The kicking and stomping of my head and body continued while I was being handcuffed, ridiculed, and humiliated in front of my daughter and many onlookers. Another officer grabbed my hand while I was cuffed pushing my wrist down and shoving my arms upward in some type of judo move, while telling me he would break my arm for hitting his female officer. I was then left on the ground while being searched and stood over by several police. When I was brought to my feet my shoulder felt dislocated, my face was bloody, my eyes and head extremely swollen, and body bruised from the police beating.
The officers then asked me how I liked being tazed and if it felt good. They then told me this
is going to be another felony on your record and youre going to prison now boy. After that I was rushed to a nearby police car. I was sat down to watch the officer who originally detained my 14 year old daughter proceed to grab, slam, scream and continue to berate her, blame her for what happened to her father.
The situation culminated with Andrea and Adreianna being handcuffed and taken into custody. Andrea is a honor student who recently graduated from St. Therese School, and a first week freshman at Franklin High School. She has no criminal record, respects authority, and goes to school everyday with a big pink tinkerbell backpack. Andrea is clearly not a threat to anyones safety, especially the police.
What happened to us that night was an obvious abuse of power. It was unjust, brutal and an easy civil rights violation. My beating and most certainly the abuse received by my daughter was unprovoked and completely unnecessary.
http://www.thestranger.com/blog/2006/09 ... ttacked_by