Another Isolated Incident

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

But not a drug raid.  A prostitution raid.

It was a little before 8 at night when the breaker went out at Emily Milburn’s home in Galveston. She was busy preparing her children for school the next day, so she asked her 12-year-old daughter, Dymond, to pop outside and turn the switch back on.

As Dymond headed toward the breaker, a blue van drove up and three men jumped out rushing toward her. One of them grabbed her saying, “You’re a prostitute. You’re coming with me.”

Dymond grabbed onto a tree and started screaming, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.” One of the men covered her mouth. Two of the men beat her about the face and throat.

As it turned out, the three men were plain-clothed Galveston police officers who had been called to the area regarding three white prostitutes soliciting a white man and a black drug dealer.

All this is according to a lawsuit filed in Galveston federal court by Milburn against the officers. The lawsuit alleges that the officers thought Dymond, an African-American, was a hooker due to the “tight shorts” she was wearing, despite not fitting the racial description of any of the female suspects. The police went to the wrong house, two blocks away from the area of the reported illegal activity…

So you’d think that after the police figured out they had the wrong house, they’d apologize, and possibly even compensate the girl and her family. According to the lawsuit, you’d be wrong:

After the incident, Dymond was hospitalized and suffered black eyes as well as throat and ear drum injuries.

Three weeks later, according to the lawsuit, police went to Dymond’s school, where she was an honor student, and arrested her for assaulting a public servant. Griffin says the allegations stem from when Dymond fought back against the three men who were trying to take her from her home. The case went to trial, but the judge declared it a mistrial on the first day, says Griffin. The new trial is set for February.

I have a call into the Galveston district attorney and with Dymond Milburn’s lawyer. We’re going on a press account of one side of a lawsuit, here.  So it’s possible—and I would hope—that there are some important details missing.

Otherwise, a police mistake leads to an innocent 12-year-old getting violently snatched up and roughed up by a group of plainclothes cops jumping out of a van . . . and they charge her for resisting?

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247 Responses to “Another Isolated Incident”

  1. #1 |  outof controlcops | 

    This is sickening. Plainclothes police jump from a van which would appear to be an abduction of a 12yr old (after all, the 12yr. old had no way of knowing these were cops)–she defends herself her father tries to save his daughter from a possible abduction and you sick, twisted people are sayin an internal affairs investigation concluded the cops did no wrong. You’re all about as sick and twisted as these sick and twisted cops!

    So when these same cops brutally rapes your wife or daughter as the cop turned serial rapist was recently caught doing, I hope the internal affairs investigation will conclude that your wife or daughter deserved to be raped!

    These internal affairs investigation are akin allowing the fox investigate the fox that ate all the chickens. Of course they’re going to side with the fox that committed the criminal act.

    But you all keep on keeping on supporting these out of control cops until they pay a visit to your own doorsteps!

  2. #2 |  outof controlcops | 

    I just read about this on another site and I am sickent by it. Bad, incompetent cops place everyone in danger, even fellow cops. The moment this young girl started to call for her father, the cops should have known they’d made a mistake.

    Now the town of Galveston is persecurting the victim? The only reason they went after this child weeks later is they wanted to scare them away from filing the lawsuit. I also read they placed the child in juvenile because she refused to plead guilty to a lesser charge of assaulting a public servant. WTF?! She was trying to defend herself against a possible kidnapping!!

    And people who continue to defend these rotten apple cops that endangers everyone, the people they are sworn to protect and even fellow officers? Well, just wait til this comes to white suburbia America. OH! It already has, there was a segment on 20/20 Friday about a cop turned serial rapist. Raping middle-callsed white women. Just wait til it’s your mother, sister or daughter trying to fight off a bad cop.

  3. #3 |  outof controlcops | 

    crazyone, these days we’re all luck if the cop has a GED and isn’t addicted to steroids. Some can’t even correctly write a police report. The types seemingly to be attracted to and allowed to become police officers are coming from the bottom of the barrel. Most, if they weren’t cops, would be sitting inside some prison or jail charged with some of the worst crime their fellow crooks are thrown in for life for committing or even given the death penalty for committing.

  4. #4 |  Chris | 

    I KNOW the shitty as island cops were out of order and I hope their police dept burns in hell!!!! The dad was arrested also because he (not knowin they were cops) jumped the balcony and preceeded to help his daughter get loose from the dumb ass cops!!!!! they charged him with the same crime!!!!! a bunch of charges on innocent people!!!!!

  5. #5 |  I Flew Over the Coo-coo's Nest | 

    I can’t wait until all this war stuff is over. Just think, when that happens, they’ll have Blackwater to contract these raids out to…

    Then we’ll be reading about a “Domestic Terrorist Organization” (neighborhood) that resisted and 12 people were killed as a result.

    Won’t that be grand?

  6. #6 |  GBR in Germany | 

    What a bunch of fucking retarded ass cops.

    They should be the ones in jail.

    Fucking morons.

  7. #7 |  David | 

    This is twisted.

    Call Obama!!

  8. #8 |  Wulf | 

    So it’s possible—and I would hope—that there are some important details missing.

    Here’s my guess, Radley: The only missing detail is that one of the officers filed an injury report and requested compensation or maybe time off, and was told that he couldn’t get it unless he could verify that the injury was work-related. So he said the girl injured him during the kidnapping/arrest, and charges were pressed as a matter of course.

    I suspect this girl learned a valuable lesson that most young people these days are never taught. And hopefully, all of the officers involved will choke to death on their own authoritay.

  9. #9 |  Sad Recent Victim of HPD | 

    Like Bob, I also wonder what they were really up to. My husband and I were recent victims of cops whom I suspect may have been engaged in running a fencing scheme disguised as an ordinary neighborhood garage sale. The police in nearby Houston turn a blind eye to sex slave traffickers here while persecuting ordinary night clubs under the guise of cleaning up prostitution in the City. Is it not possible that some officers are engaged in the actual supply of children for trafficking purposes? Unfortunately, as outrageous as that may sound to an outsider, it wouldn’t surprise me.

    What do you suppose those four men planned to do to the child after they had her in the van? They beat her after calling her a prostitute. What else were they planning to do? The imagination doesn’t have to go far…

  10. #10 |  JM from MD | 

    1. I’m disgusted.
    2. How can 3 trained cops not restrain a 12 year old girl?
    3. How can 3 trained cops show up 2 blocks away from the reported sighting of WHITE prostitutes and suddenly say “hey there’s a young black girl she must be a prostitute let’s go kidnap and assault her without realizing that she is just a 12 year old girl at her own house.”
    4. The police are lucky they weren’t beaten themselves or worse.
    5. If the situation was reversed and anyone of those police officers children were being kidnapped I’m sure they wouldn’t just say “ok take my 12 year old daughter away for looking like a prostitute.”
    6. This might be the right way to handle real prostitutes for resisting arrest but not for a 12 year old girl with her family.
    7. If I were a part of any of the arresting police officers families I would be ashamed of them.
    8. I will definitely never visit Galveston.
    9. I would love to know if this story was true, and there must be information that is not being reported.

  11. #11 |  Scorpie | 

    Having my families estate taken for pubic use ,without compensation(Police force) So the mayor and friends could develope . I learned we live in a socialist country.We must bow to all police and politicians. Take beatings when you disobey or for pubic humiliation.
    spit at ,shot at , swat team on you for protesting etc.I then learned..
    Duck Walk

  12. #12 |  Roy | 

    i definately agree with #187 Ron. fight fire with fire!

  13. #13 |  TOM | 


  14. #14 |  Walter | 

    So you say it ok for some guy to come in and take your 12 yr old dauther and say your dress like a hooker so your under arrest!!! What going on here… Come on it one thing to aresst people and another to beat up a little girl and say “your a hooker your coming with me”. If I heard that I would be out there and beat everyone of them men to near death. The farther didn’t know what was going on and the little girl didn’t know what was going on and 3 men coming in plain clothes cops not saying who they were just jumping out of a van. There lucky to be alive. I do respect the law and the police but come on you would think that they could at least say there sorry for hurting there girl and scarring her haft to death. I hope they men loose there jobs for this.

  15. #15 |  Walter | 

    Also this means all teenager girls dress in shorts ,or short skerts are hooker and can then be beat up by the police for no reason what so ever. I hope they don’t go near any schools or all of U.S.A. & Canada young girls will be under arest.

  16. #16 |  salemma | 

    remember up in Boston a number of years ago, police raided the wrong apartment, giving the elderly innocent owner a heart attack that killed him there.

  17. #17 |  Black Ice | 

    Another question…

    …if these guys were supposedly out to bust prostitutes in the first place, where was the female officer that they should have had along to search said prostitutes??

    The cops’ story stinks to high heaven, and the more you look at the situation, the more it appears that something quite nefarious was in play. Perhaps the young lady’s fate could have been far worse.

  18. #18 |  Sirik | 

    This was pulled off ‘’.

    Here are a few supreme court opinions on defending one’s self against an unlawful arrest by the police…

    “Citizens may resist unlawful arrest to the point of taking an arresting officer’s life if necessary.” Plummer v. State, 136 Ind. 306

    “These principles apply as well to an officer attempting to make an arrest, who abuses his authority and transcends the bounds thereof by the use of unnecessary force and violence, as they do to a private individual who unlawfully uses such force and violence.” Jones v. State, 26 Tex. App. I; Beaverts v. State, 4 Tex. App. 1 75; Skidmore v. State, 43 Tex. 93, 903.

    “An illegal arrest is an assault and battery. The person so attempted to be restrained of his liberty has the same right to use force in defending himself as he would in repelling any other assault and battery.” (State v. Robinson, 145 ME. 77, 72 ATL. 260).

    “One may come to the aid of another being unlawfully arrested, just as he may where one is being assaulted, molested, raped or kidnapped. Thus it is not an offense to liberate one from the unlawful custody of an officer, even though he may have submitted to such custody, without resistance.” (Adams v. State, 121 Ga. 16, 48 S.E. 910).

  19. #19 |  Sirik | 


    If it were a hoax, wouldnt it be super easy to alter the date to make you happier?

    Dec 22nd, 2009

    Look at what I just did!
    I must have a time machine.
    A voice echoing from the future…
    (insert theremin music here)

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  21. #21 |  Namesforyou | 

    i am one of the first people to jump to the defense of a police officer. usually.
    not this time. i can find no justification in any part of me for any of this. i looked around on the internet and found a lot of links all saying the same thing. if its a hoax its spread far and wide.
    on one site they had a copy of the lawsuit it included the following…


    everyones name should be public not just the victims

  22. #22 |  TheCabal | 

    This should be a very easy defense, and a prime opportunity to take a stab at the police. A 12 year old girl manages to fight off 3 cops? If the GPD has any pride in itself, it will settle out of court quickly and quietly before they become the laughing stock of the state.

  23. #23 |  YOUGOTIT | 

    Since this was an unlawful assaunt on a child they should be in jail for assault of a child and waiting to be put away for life. It is lawful to protect ones children from assault in any way possible.

  24. #24 |  labor drone | 

    Being as TX is a concealed carry state and there are plenty of fathers with a concealed carry licenses this could have ended way worse. The GPD only pressed charges to try and curb some of the collateral damage they are going to endure when the families justice is served and the GPD is found to be in the wrong.

  25. #25 |  D | 

    Speaking as both the son of a cop and the father of a daughter, if that were my kid, there would’ve been 3 plainclothes bodies on my lawn that day.

  26. #26 |  David | 

    If they do not rot in jail I wish, from the bottle of my heart, that rot in hell!!!

    It’s unacceptable that this kind of incident occurs, and it’s even worse read posts trying to justify.


    The news in the local News Paper

  27. #27 |  David | 

    just a correction:

    from the bottom of my heart



  28. #28 |  #226 | 

    Well, well, well…

    10,000 ways this could go bad.

    Do not talk to the cops.

  29. #29 |  J | 

    I love how one of the cops is given an ‘officer of the year’ award. Awesome.

  30. #30 |  Paul | 

    And they wonder why so many people mistrust and hate cops… learn to admit when you’re wrong. Everyone else has to.

  31. #31 |  Daniel | 

    I am with Freedomfan.

    I believe I would be in jail or dead right now after having pulled my concealed 45 and shooting to death the three “officers”.

    When you hear and read stories every day about abductions, kidnapping and rape of people (not just children) everywhere.

    As a father of a 10 year old girl, I would hope to never be put in any situation where I would have to decide, but if it was me and mine or them, guess what?? There is no decision to be made.

    I would be holding a smoking Smith and Wesson.

    My heart goes out to that little girl and her family.

    And shame on the police for not only their error, but for the ensuing cover up.

  32. #32 |  Mario | 

    Fourth Amendment: guards against searches, arrests, and seizures of property without a specific warrant or a “probable cause” to believe a crime has been committed. Some rights to privacy have been inferred from this amendment and others by the Supreme Court.

  33. #33 |  LOL | 

    USA, what a place !!

    Confuse a 12yo girl in her home door with a prostitute, beat her taken by the throat till produce black eyes while she shout “Daddy, Daddy” (the policemen thought that was calling her pimp?)… and after go to school and arrest her for assault.

    That girl is traumatized for all her life. If in 5 years this girls takes a shotgun and kills 100 persons… I hope nobody be surprised…

  34. #34 |  gobbiejosh | 

    how could anyone assume her as a prostitute.
    shes 12 years old.

    the description given to the police was “three white prostitutes soliciting a white man and a black drug dealer.”

    now unless she was mistaken for the black drug dealer…
    this is just fucked up.
    stupid redneck cops.

    which cop just runs up and grabs a suspect anyway?
    pretty sure she wasnt doing anything wrong at the time so they cudve been fucking nice about and aybe even asked some question.

    redneck fucks

  35. #35 |  Mark Burningham | 

    If three men drove up in a van and tried to take my daughter, there would be blood on the ground. It is reasonable to resist arrest when arrest is unreasonable. WTF is wrong with this world.

  36. #36 |  Catherine | 

    In this case, we might be well guided by the actions currently taking place in Athens, Greece. Even in their case the police officers were arrested, the government apologized and people were still protesting. I am not from Galveston but I would hope someone in the community would be strong enough to unite EVERYONE, all of which I am sure are outraged, to engage in a peaceful protest and to lean on their mayor and elected officials. These are incidents that make you sick to your stomach, this government that is supposedly made up of ‘We the People…” are allowing this to happen by doing nothing.

  37. #37 |  neeful.th1ngs | 

    this is total bullshit….all you morons that think this is legit you should have your nuts blown off

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  39. #39 |  Susse | 

    If some guys grabbed my daughter you can bet your balls that “right” and “wrong” would absolutely not be on my mind. There would be a pile of dead people, and we could sort it out later.

    No hesitation whatsoever.

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  41. #41 |  Pissed in Dallas | 

    but the right response is to cooperate and follow their instructions. You can always lodge a protest or hire an attorney after the incident is over.

    Tell that to the kid who got shot in the BART. He seemed to have his hands up in the air and cooperating when the cops put him to the ground, put a knee in his back and then “accidentally”shot him in the back because the cop thought he was reaching for his Taser? Quite the mistake if you ask me….

  42. #42 |  kjc | 

    Cops are the same everywhere! Town I live in here in Canada, 7 cops go to arrest a guy on a mental health warrant, (he’s suicidal), shot him twice and killed him! I quess he pulled a paring knife on them. One cop actually said, “after I tasered, twice, him he came at me with the knife, thankfully a partner was there to pull me out of the way so we could shoot him!” The Polish guy in Vancouver is another fine example of the police being here to help us!!

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