Today I was contacted by a very upset mother who told me about her daughter being assualted by an Humble ISD police officer during an altercation. As I listened intently to Ebony Dawson, the mother of Essence Prince, I could hear the pain and hurt in her voice. She went on to send me a statement, pictures, and video of the "the arresting officer," throwing "her to the ground in order to break up the fight. Using excessive force, "he then proceeded to put his knee and elbow in her neck and head. From there she was handcuffed and thrown in to glass and drug her." To make things worse "she is being charged with two felony assaults to a public servant. One for spitting -which was coughing a reaction of being chocked. The other for hitting the officer." Before I continue, Please review the statement provided by Ms Dawson about the brutal attack on her daughter Essence prince and video/images below:
My name is Ebony Dawson. I am in need of assistance with a police brutality case. My 16 year old daughter Essence Prince was assaulted and was refused medical attention for approx. 5 hours.
Essence and another 10th grade student was involved in a fight yesterday March 9th. This fight took place approx. at 12-12:30 pm. I received a phone call from her principle 2:46. This call was missed due to a meeting that I was in. I was not left a message. I returned the call at 2:59. I was told that Essence was being suspended for a fight with another student. At 3:06 pm I received another call from Mr. Castillio, the principle I had just spoken with. He informed me that Essence was arrested. He stated if she gets a felony she will not be allowed back on campus. I was never told that she had been beaten by an officer or possibly needs medical attention. I was told that she was already downtown at Juvenile.
I immediately left work. I started to call around to see where my daughter was. I found that she was actually still at Humble ISD police dept. I asked to speak to an officer. I spoke to an officer that informed me she was booking my daughter. She informed me I was unable to see her, I could pick her up from downtown once she was transported. I was told that she had already questioned my daughter. She stated that Essence said that she spit on the office because she couldn’t get her hands back in the cuffs. The officer stated Essence is fine and I couldn’t see her. I still proceeded to the station. I asked the officer what about the male officer chocking her. She said well he needed to do that to detain her. She was resisting arrest so he had to place his elbow in her neck. The officer also stated, well he really isn’t that big of a guy. I explained it doesn’t matter. She cannot match his weight. The officer told me when kids are fighting they can match the officers force and weight.
The videos show she can’t move there is no resistance in the video where he is on her neck. This child feared for her life. She couldn’t breathe. She has a trained office taking sleep tactics to bring her down..."
Trigger Warning: Graphic Video
The statement continues...
"Essence was detained and question with no consent. She asked for medical attention for several hours. Essence asked for Medical attention and help with her neck in the 12 pm hour. Essence cried for them to call me. They told her that I was at work and I said she was in trouble and I wasn’t leaving work. They lied to her to stress her out. I wasn’t contacted until after she had already been arrested. The lied, scared her and questioned her without my consent. After arriving at the police station I was told , I cannot see her but she is fine. I was told that they could allow Essence to call me but not to see her. I was in rage. I explained I was not leaving until I was confirmed my child was fine. I explained this is a child with Asthma and a heart murmur. I explained from this video she cannot be fine. I told them I was calling the news. They then agreed to call EMT. EMT notified me her heart was beating a little faster but seem to be fine from their knowledge. They do however have concern with her neck. She is complaining of soreness and seems to not be moving well.
At this time the same female officer came out, while EMT was there and admitted that Essence has been complaining of pain in her neck. She smiled at me. I told her you told me my child was fine, you never mentioned that she was complaining or in pain. She was involved in a school fight. As a result of the this incident the arresting officer, throw her to the ground in order to break up the fight. He then proceeded to put his knee and elbow in her neck and head. From there she was handcuffed and thrown in to glass and drug her. She is being charged with two felony 3 assaults to a public servant. One for spitting -which was coughing a reaction of being chocked. The other for hitting the officer. She blacked out she didn’t know who was on her. She just know she couldn’t breathe. They have yet to show me the video of her hitting him directly. They have denied me the right to the videos.
The school attendants threw at least two more students into the wall. Those students were begging for help for her. They were telling them she can’t breathe. They even suspended one saying that she interfered with a crime. Essence was taken down town after 8pm. The exact reason is to cover and bruises. They counting on her not seeing the judge. They want to make this look like a result of the school fight. This was extreme force to a 16 year female by a male office. I need help for my baby. She is an A/B student drug free. She is not an angel but a typical teenage girl. She has court at 7:30 Monday morning. I need help and justice for her."
With the information provided, I am searching for an attorney who will work pro bono on Essence's behalf. Essence is scheduled to be in court Monday (3/12/18) mornng at 7:30am and "she is being charged with two felony assaults to a public servant. One for spitting -which was coughing a reaction of being chocked. The other for hitting the officer." The next steps will be to demand the identity of the officer so that he can be terminated and charged with assualt and excessive use of force. Our children, Black children are expected to learn in an environment that is hostile to them in a time when fools want to arm teachers that probably have implicit bias against Black people. I am calling for an investigation by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg and the Texas Rangers. I demand that all charges be dropped and that Essence be reinstated to school or at least allowed to transfer to a school with a safer environment.