UPDATES ON THE DYMOND MILBURN TRIAL: MISTRIAL DECLARED

Here are updates on the case concerning the little Black girl, Dymond Milburn,  who was assaulted by a trio of thug-type cops in Galveston, Texas on a charge of prostitution. The court has declared a mistrial in the case, but, not an acquittal for Dymond.
 
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The Case Of That 12-Year-Old Girl Beat up By Galveston Cops Drags On

​It hardly seemed possible, but things are getting ever weirder in the case of Dymond Milburn, the 12-year-old African-American girl whose mother claims in court that several Galveston cops jumped out of an unmarked van, tried to kidnap Dymond and then beat her up in her front yard for no real rea … More >>

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Mistrial declared in girl’s alleged assault on cop

Published February 10, 2009

GALVESTON — A deadlocked jury failed to reach a verdict Monday in the case of a girl accused of assaulting a police officer after officers allegedly mistook her for a prostitute.
After eight hours of deliberation, a jury of three men and three women told Judge Roy Quintanilla they were hopelessly deadlocked in the case charging Dymond L. Milburn, now 15, in the Aug. 22, 2006, assault of Galveston police officer David Roark.

Quintanilla declared a mistrial in the case, and Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Kurt Sistrunk said that, based on discussions with jurors after trial, the state won’t prosecute the case again.

The issue of Milburn’s ordeal the night her mother sent her outside to flip a breaker box switch was as simple as black-and-white, her defense lawyer Anthony Griffin said.

Federal Lawsuit

Griffin filed a federal lawsuit last year against three officers, Roark, Sean Stewart and Sgt. Gilbert Gomez, accusing them of violating Milburn’s constitutional rights.

That case could go to trial late this year or next year.

Milburn was 12 years old when the officers about 7:30 p.m. exited an unmarked van and approached her in her Galveston yard.

Narcotics officers were called to 24th Street and Avenue P1/2 to investigate a complaint of three white prostitutes soliciting in the area and two men dealing drugs.

Griffin in Monday morning’s closing arguments repeatedly told jurors police shouldn’t have mistaken his client, who is black, for three white women.

“They clearly had probable cause to search for three white prostitutes,” Griffin said.

“But when they didn’t find probable cause, they didn’t have the right to detain everyone in the area.”

Prosecutors Veronique Cantrell-Avloes and Ella Anderson told jurors Milburn knew the men were officers, because they wore badges and had “police” displayed on their shirts.

‘I Hate The Police

“Not only did they have police all over them, but when she yelled, ‘F— you. I hate the police,’ you probably know you’re dealing with the police.”

The officers also identified themselves verbally, prosecutors said.

Milburn ran, possibly 2 feet, from the breaker box to a bush, where she hid while officers tried to pry her away in handcuffs.

Police should have admitted they were wrong to detain Milburn, Griffin said, but prosecutors said it was the officers’ duty to investigate the complaint.

Prosecutors said Milburn hit an officer’s face, but Griffin questioned whether the assault occurred, because both of Milburn’s hands were grasping the base of the bush.

The jury began deliberating at 11 a.m. on the felony assault charge and could have found it to be true that Milburn’s actions were delinquent.

The jury also could have found it true that Milburn committed the lesser-included offense of misdemeanor assault.

Juveniles in the Texas court system face accusations that the charges against them are either true or not true, and if found to be true, then they are considered delinquent.

Mistrial Granted

About 7 p.m., jurors told Quintanilla in a note they were deadlocked.

Five jurors said the charge of assaulting a public servant was not true, Griffin said.

Griffin asked Quintanilla to declare a mistrial from a hung jury, noting it was unlikely one juror would convince five others to change their minds.

Before learning of the state’s intention not to retry the case, the Milburns said they were pleased with the outcome but had hoped for an acquittal.

Dymond said she becomes emotional when seeing pictures of her scratched neck and other photographs taken that night.

“I don’t want to have to go back to that memory,” Dymond said.

Wilfred Milburn said police should have apologized to his daughter.

The state’s first attempt to try Dymond ended in a mistrial Oct. 3, 2007, based on a witnesses’ statement to the jury, which never had a chance to deliberate, Griffin said.

Sistrunk said prosecutors gave jurors every piece of evidence available, and that the state couldn’t ask for more from the jury.

“The facts of this case aren’t going to change for either side in a subsequent trial with another jury,” Sistrunk said.

“And based on what this jury had to say, there is no reason to expect that the outcome would be any different than another split decision.”

SOURCE: The Galveston County Daily Newshttp://www.galvnews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=504bac26167aab1c
 
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Juveniles in the Texas court system face accusations that the charges against them are either true or not true, and if found to be true, then they are considered delinquent.”
The only “delinquent” people in this case were the cops who beat up on a little Black girl, they accused of prostitution, when in effect, they were looking for three White prostitutes. Uniformed, or not, these savage cops had no right to attack a little girl just because of the clothing she was wearing, or because she was Black. (Then again, everyone with any sense of this country’s history, knows that Black females have always been debased, disrespected, and devalued for centuries. And still are, as this case so aptly shows.)
 
As for the cops sitting in the courtroom in uniform, that came off as intimidation, towards the jury, and Dymond and her family. Why show up in uniform at the trial? There were no uniforms worn during the attack on Dymond at her home, so, why the scare tactics in court?
The 14TH Amendment:
the Civil Rights Acts of 1866, 1870, 1871 and 1875:
the 4TH Amendment:
. . . .all protect against such vile intimidation and abuse of a citizen’s rights when under color of authority police take the law into their own hands against a defenseless citizen, especially one so young.
(Related links on this case of police abuse/intimidation/attacks:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/6256265.html

As for the cops apologizing for their heinous actions—-will never happen. The day that occurs will be a day when true justice in America happens for all citizens. Unlike Dymond, these so-called officers will face no criminal charges on their records; little Dymond will.
Kudos to little Dymond and her family for standing up against this cruel abuse of power by the cops. That three cops committed child abuse and felt they were above the law is sick and pathetic.
Next stop—-the civil trial, later this year, or next year.
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UPDATE: CIVIL LAWSUIT FILED BY DYMOND MILBURN’S FAMILY
The family of Dymond has filed a civil lawsuit against the Galveston Police Department. You can read the suit here, and here.

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