The scars of police brutality
Original Message from dieselco:
DV ONE is a good friend of mine who I have known for over 10 years. Not only is he a friend, but he is someone that I’ve looked up to growing up. He’s been a staple in Seattle’s hip hop community and has always given back. DV is a part of the DVS Crew and the legendary ROCK STEADY CREW, and dj’s at a club I promote here in Seattle. I thought I’d share this w/ you guys, and maybe you can post this in other places b/c this incident went unreported by the local media. We need mass media attention on this and public pressure for things to go in favor for my friend.
FOR YA’LL THAT DON’T KNOW DV-ONE:
Built on the firm beliefs of practice makes perfect, and you have to work for what you want, DV One has become a mainstay in the Hip Hop community at large. Since 1993, DV has utilized his finely tuned skills on the wheels of steel to reach the masses. As an integral member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew. His talents will also be used by the National Football League this season as the official DJ for the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks! DV One has proven that he is here to stay. He can be seen rocking Seattles hottest night clubs on the regular, including the legendary (and packed to capacity weekly)Yo Son. The night was highly successful on Sunday nights at Chop Suey, and in early 2004 was moved to Saturday nights at Neumos. Its new home is at the war room on Harvard & Pine. http://www.warroomseattle.com You can catch DV One on tour throughout the US annualy with Vinyl Kombat. Vinyl Kombat is the only major battle that features head to head competitions.
DJ DV One beaten by Seattle Police Department
DJ DV One’s account:
On September 15, 2006 at around 7:30pm I went to memorial stadium to pick up my daughter (Andrea Christian) from her high schools football game at memorial stadium. Upon my arrival I quickly located Andrea and directed her to the car so we could leave. As my daughter walked away (toward the car) I stayed behind and chatted with a friend briefly before being interrupted by one of Andrea’s friends, Adreianna Holmes.
Adreianna said “Toby, the police have Andrea!” and I should go see what was going on. As I went over to the scene I noticed Andrea being held by the police in an arm lock and being shoved repeatedly against a parked car by a police officer, while another officer stood guard. I approached the scene and was immediately stopped by the female police officer who said I couldn’t go over there with her hands outstretched blocking. I identified myself as the parent of the child being detained and the officer said “so what!”
The female officer then reached for her flashlight and pulled it out. I put my hands up, and backed off saying whoa, whoa, and she responded with “oh so you’re gonna hit me?” and immediately radio’d the all call “officer assaulted” after sending the radio to other officers she proceeded forward rushing in toward me swinging, the officer detaining my daughter pulled out his firearm as more officers swarmed in. I turned my back avoid being shot, hit, or grabbed. I was then slammed to the ground by two officers, handcuffed, kicked in the head (approx 20x), body and limbs repeatedly, berated and tazed at least twice, while already subdued on the ground.
The kicking and stomping of my head and body continued while I was being handcuffed, ridiculed, and humiliated in front of my daughter and many onlookers. Another officer grabbed my hand while I was cuffed pushing my wrist down and shoving my arms upward in some type of judo move, while telling me he would break my arm for hitting his female officer. I was then left on the ground while being searched and stood over by several police. When I was brought to my feet my shoulder felt dislocated, my face was bloody, my eyes and head extremely swollen, and body bruised from the police beating.
The officers then asked me how I liked being tazed and if it “felt good”. They then told me “this is going to be another felony on your record” and “you’re going to prison now boy”. After that I was rushed to a nearby police car. I was sat down to watch the officer who originally detained my 14 year old daughter proceed to grab, slam, scream and continue to berate her, blame her for what happened to her father.
The situation culminated with Andrea and Adreianna being handcuffed and taken into custody. Andrea is a honor student who recently graduated from St. Therese School, and a first week freshman at Franklin High School. She has no criminal record, respects authority, and goes to school everyday with a big pink tinkerbell backpack. Andrea is clearly not a threat to anyone’s safety, especially the police.
What happened to us that night was an obvious abuse of power. It was unjust, brutal and an easy civil rights violation. My beating and most certainly the abuse received by my daughter was unprovoked and completely unnecessary.
Civil rights are a thing of the past here in America. Please spread the word. This was an unjust act by the police against DV One and his daughter. Make the police explain their actions…. Totally unnecessary brutal force.
Now Playing: Jay Dee – Fuck The Police (2001, Up Above)