The police still seem to not get the message that harassing and brutalizing innocent people is unacceptable. They are paid to protect and serve the public, but too many seem to be the enemy of the public. A recent incident of police brutality comes from Norfolk, VA.
The victim was London Colvin, a Black, second semester junior sociology major at Norfolk State University. On top of her status as a student, she is a private in the 3rd Brigade, 318th Regiment and 78th Training Division, based at Fort Belvoir. None of that mattered as she was leaving an off-campus party. Like many parties, it ended badly with fighting. Colvin was not involved in the fight, Colvin admitted to being loud when police officers approached her, but she refused to talk to them. Unless she was being arrested, that was her right, since she was a simple onlooker.
However, the police officers grew angry and wrestled Colvin to the ground. As they were restraining her, a K-9 police dog was set loose on her and the dog did serious damage to her leg. She was taken to the hospital and doctors needed 40 stitches to repair her wounds. One of the wounds was so gaping that doctors told Colvin that she would need plastic surgery done to repair it.
Officer Daniel Hudson of the Norfolk Police Department explained, “When we have a crowd that large, we release dogs for crowd management. Our dogs are trained to bite in areas that will not cause life-threatening injuries.”
When asked what charges Colvin faced, police could give no direct answer.