This information was shared anonymously via CopBlock.org/Submit. It details yet another unnecessary use of force by some men wearing badges – this time, against a 70-pound 10th-grade girl ostensibly because she was using her cell phone, but really, because she failed to obey. The girl had been on the phone with her mom, concerned about her medical situation.
Date of Incident: Sept 3, 2014
Individuals Responsible: Three unnamed employees
Outfit: Houston Independent School District Police Department
The stated mission of the Houston Independent School District Police Department is:
From coverage via Kevin Reece at KHOU.com:
Perez, with her mom and her brother by her side, described the chain of events that led to the officers wrestling her to the floor.
She says her reading teacher caught her using her cell phone in class, which is against school rules, and told her to go to the hallway. That’s where Perez says she was confronted by an assistant principal who demanded she relinquish the phone. Students caught using phones in class are required to turn them over to school administrators and then retrieve them at the end of the school day, for a fee.
“She asked me for the phone and I didn’t want to give it to her, because I was scared. I ended up walking down the stairs trying to get away from the AP (assistant principal) and then she had already called the cops.”
The HISD resource officers also demanded she hang up the phone and hand it to them. Perez admitted she refused again.
‘He grabbed my hand, one of them was right here, one grabbed my hand, I didn’t want to let go of my phone because I was on the phone with mom,” she said.
Perez was detained. Her mom says she was turned away when she rushed to the school to make sure her daughter was OK. And as of Wednesday morning Perez said school officials had not returned her cell phone, in lieu of a $15 fee she would need to pay.
“We all know it was wrong,” said Perez’ brother Chris Cardenas. “It doesn’t take three cops to take down one teenage girl, especially a 70-pound teenage girl!”