Gabriella Calhoun’s life changed forever one night when she awoke to police bashing her face in. Gabriella and her friends had gone to their local Denny’s to get a late night meal just before the incident took place.
Gabby has emphasized that she has never had any trouble with the law in the past. She minds her own business, does excellent in school, and was the last person she ever thought something like this would happen to.
She even finished high school a whole year early to start college before the rest of her classmates.
Gabriella was sitting with a group of her high school friends, a fight broke out between two girls. Gabby wasn’t one of them.
The group of high school friends, now all college bound or in college, were peacefully ordering their drinks when someone called the police on the two people who were fighting outside.
Officers arrived on the scene and wasted no time entering the Denny’s, and walking right up to Gabriella’s table. They asked the girls if they had anything to do with “the fight.”
The girls told the officers that they had nothing to do with it, but they had seen it going on when they were outside.
The girls outside were allowed in to “clean themselves up.” Once inside, the two started fighting again. The cops rushed in to break things up. Gabby was still just sitting down, having a soft drink with her friends.
When the cops came in this time, they charged over to Gabby’s table, grabbed a young man who was among them, and took him away. He hadn’t done anything.
Gabby followed them to observe what was going on and why they were taking the young man who had committed no crime. That’s when she felt someone grab her and instinctively she tried to pull away.
Everything went black.
She was smashed in the face with a night stick and lost consciousness.
When she awoke, she was on the ground. The Wiley College Student recalled, “I awoke spitting my teeth out on the ground.”
“When I came to, the officer begin to choke me again. When I was finally able to talk, I asked the officer to please let me go because I have asthma, but she [the officer], said, ‘I don’t care if you have asthma. You were hitting my officer,’” she continued.
“Afterward, the officer kept saying over and over again, ‘how was your party’ as she held my face to the ground.”
The young girl was then lifted up. Barely 18-years-old, the police had manhandled her so much that her breasts were exposed from her disheveled clothes, all a result of the beating.
She asked the female officer on the scene to please fix her shirt so she was not exposed. The officers all refused to, then paraded her in front of everyone, exposed for all to see.
Gabby was booked on felony “aggravated battery” and two misdemeanor charges of “resisting arrest.”
“While at the jail, I received limited medical attention,” Gabriella recalled. “The doctors only gave me ointment and an icepack which I had to ask for.”
“I think this is racial profiling not only by the Bloomington police department but also by Denny’s,” Lynia Cooper, a friend of Gabby explained. “Nobody else in Denny’s had to leave except the African Americans in that area. The police didn’t hear us out and ultimately used cruel and unusual force on Gabby.”
“Might I add,” Cooper said, “the police didn’t even arrest the females that were involved in the altercations.”
Gabriella has been left traumatized and is still seeking justice. “The whole situation is out of hand,” the teen stated. “I don’t deserve this and now I hate to look in the mirror. When I look at what I use to look like to what I look like now, it hurts. I had the prettiest smile but now I have 3 fake teeth in my mouth. Nothing is the same. I have to train myself to talk with my new teeth.”
A McLean County grand jury actually indicted Gabriella on aggravated battery to an officer and resisting arrest.
The mayor says the police did nothing wrong.
(Article by Shante Wooten)