FORT PIERCE, Florida 15 year old Shelwanda Riley, is facing a felony battery charge from a curfew violation incident in which city police officer Dan Gilroy slammed her against his hood and then struck and pepper sprayed her after she bit him.
I really don’t know what to say about this…I’m so disgusted. There has been a good amount of local coverage on this case, some national coverage, but I’d like to see more.
I understand that she bit him…she was wrong for that, but she wasn’t in a rational mind set…that’s obvious, and she’s a child. Also, he was wearing protective gloves to guard against bites at the time.
“Gilroy, who was wearing cut-resistant gloves that protected him from serious injury, struck the 100-pound girl in response to the bite, the report said.
“(She) left a large amount of saliva on my wrist as she took a full bite,” the officer wrote. “My wrist was red and slightly bruised, but there was no broken skin.””
The police officer is using all of these words like “resist” so that his abuse will stand up to the law in court because he knows that he’s on camera. It’s a scare, 15 year old…come on man!!! She looks like she weighs about 100 pounds…soaking wet. You mean to tell me that officers are not taught any techniques to subdue women or to subdue frail people? There are no instructions other than force, regardless of size or age?
And…this superiors support him.
“Fort Pierce Police Chief Sean Baldwin said he stands by how Officer Dan Gilroy handled the July arrest.
“It is shocking to see that a police officer has had to use that level of force against a child,” Baldwin said Thursday night. “But … my opinion is he responded appropriately and in accordance with our policies.
“I do not expect my officers to stand there and allow a child or an adult to bite them,” he added.” – tcpalm.com (click here for more information on this story)
A representative of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network called for Fort Pierce Police Officer Daniel Gilroy’s immediate suspension while the department investigates the arrest. That’s not enough for me. In light of the Jena 6 and the Dunbar Village case, I feel that we all know when an injustice is going on…more than enough time was spent onMick Vick while these cases were just breaking (and they continue to give that Negro too much press!!!) I believe that children and teens should not be treated like adults in our criminal system. There should be special considerations, just as we don’t (and I use don’t very loosely, because sometimes we do) charge children as adults and we have a juvenile system. We recognize that there is a difference.