Girl Gets Beaten by Police for Accidentally Knocking a Potted Plant Off Her Windowsill

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World

Philadelphia police are being investigated after a 20-year old college student was beaten when a potted plant fell off of her windowsill during a police interrogation.  Nicole Boyd, who’d won a full scholarship to play basketball for The University of Maine, won’t be playing again for a while, after officers used her own lamp to beat her.

A dozen Philadelphia police officers had stopped a partially-blind man on Boyd’s block, which led to an altercation.  Boyd, who was in her apartment above, says that strong winds blew a plastic flower pot off the balcony.  That’s when she got the attention of police officers below.

The officers then came to Boyd’s apartment with their guns drawn.  Boyd claims that when she saw the guns, she put her hands in the air and wasn’t resisting arrest.  That’s when she says that a black police officer noted that, "She’s a girl."

Another officer responded by allegedly saying, "I don’t care.  I’m gonna beat her like she’s a dude."   That’s when police used Boyd’s lamp to beat her, putting a lump on her head and hurting her ankle.  They also threw her down a flight of steps, and then charged her and her grandmother with Aggravated Assault.

The city of Philadelphia is gaining national attention for conducting itself as a notorious police state, where any person who is young and/or black is considered a threat to society.  While there are only modest efforts to provide these young people with education and opportunity, authorities appear readily willing to invest exorbitant amounts of money policing them, beating them and protecting the rich from the poor.

The recent curfew imposed by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is a powerful case-in-point.  There are also numerous other incidents in which the Philadelphia Police Department has been implicated in senseless beatings.  The city of Philadelphia appears to be a lot of things, but it certainly is not a city of Brotherly Love.

The video of Nicole is below:

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here. 

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  3. Bro. Charles

    Po o No No’s got to stop! Man-up! Woman-up! Stand-up! Demand that justice is done in this matter and any other cases of abuse of authority or police officers acting under cover of law which is a federal offense.

  4. caroline beck

    THIS IS TRUELY SAD…BECAUSE YOU WEAR A BADGE AND CARRY A GUN DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE AUTHORITY TO THIS. THIS IS WHY THE POLICE GET NO RESPECT FROM THE YOUNG OR OLD…CAN’T TRUST THOSE WHO ARE TO PROTECT AND SERVE OUR COMMUNITIES. THIS IS TRUELY ABUSE OF AUTHORITY…MAYOR NUTTER AND CHIEF RAMSEY WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABUT THIS…I BELEIVE THE OFFICERS INVOLVED SHOULD BE FIRED.

  5. Bro. Al Sharpton needs to be out there. Let justice roll down like a mighty stream.

  6. If If she were a white girl this would not have happened. That’s why I urge people of all colors to join NAACP. Forget other Black organizations which I believe are for serenading people who do not like Blacks. NAACP confronts such issues head-on.

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  8. Melaine

    this young lady attends the YMCA regularly as do i –i have never spoken to her but her interaction with staff and other is very friendly, always well mannered with a smile on her face bouncing a basketball. Sorry she had to experience that–PPD sucks!!!

  9. Damb! i am soooo sick of these kind of stories. We have the same kind of problems in Seattle.

  10. WizardG

    Some blacks who are doing well are feeling no pain, but in this insane country where the powerful Anglo-Elite and Jews rule we have been fooled and left thinking things are better. That couldn’t be further from the fact. We are not doing better we are faring much worse as a community if you can call what we have been reduced to a community.
    In the age of the white ruler’s fake Obama our people are still being treated with great disrespect and suffering serious abuse by insane white police and their mentally disturbed collectives.
    Some of you are too retarded to understand that whites having placed Obama in the forefront has made it easier for them to make our lives a living hell. Some of you with your Americanized mindsets and your white-styled living structure are not helping to improve the welfare of “blacks” — African Americans you’re hurting us.
    A young black girl attacked by police should be addressed by Obama but being that he is not the man some think he is he has no voice to speak out against his very racist handlers.

  11. WizardG

    No city in this racist country is a city of brotherly love when it comes to blacks being treated unfairly, and with racist malice by this white supremacist social structure filled top-heavy with black hating whites. They will smile in your face and act friendly with you but the moment they find a reason to attack you and destroy those who look like you they will. It won’t matter how well ‘white’ educated you are or whether you practice their ‘white’ religious beliefs are not. They prove this time and time again but some blacks are so comfortable in their make believe lives that they cannot see reality even as it slaps them squarely in the face! We are caught up in a level of human insanity that boggles the mind and few recognize it as many live in complete denial. We are not safe anywhere on this planet as long as whites rule the world and they do in fact rule the world!

  12. Mr. Charlie

    Looks like she was beat with a ugly stick!

  13. WizardG, there you go again blaming the president. Stop…
    How many black people turned out to protest? The streets should have been full. That is part of the problem. When Black people mourn with oneanother and roar against this type of police brutality, then it will stop.
    When politicians who do nothing are recalled then this will stop.
    Have you ever wondered why cops only beat up women, children, old people or people who can’t fight back? Cops never beat up gang bangers because they are afraid of people who can fight back.
    Some cops are just cowards…

  14. That guy

    Too many of my fellow whites(It disgusts me to say that) will look at this and just see another Black person getting into it with the cops.
    What they don’t realize is that these lower life forms with badges and guns also do it to them.
    This shyt is REAL people.
    It is not her fault, even though it is because she’s Black which, in the limited thinking of the police is reason enough.
    This is the way ALL the PDs in this country do their cowardly business.
    Any white person who thinks otherwise is a blind fool and, probably by choice.

  15. We need to take a second look at Malcolm X’s idea of self-defense. How do we defend ourselves and our children and our grandchildren from these women-hating, youth-hating, gay hating, white racist and “self-hating people of color” thugs who hide behind badges?

  16. We need to take a second look at Malcolm X’s idea of self-defense. How do we defend ourselves and our children and our grandchildren from these women-hating, youth-hating, gay hating, white racist and “self-hating people of color” thugs who hide behind badges?

  17. Kam J

    I come from a family of Black .Law Enforecement. My Uncles are probably rolling over in their Graves. Even more disgraceful is thei was at leat one Black Officer, and he or she obviously went along with the Mob mentality. It is incedesnces like these that taint the overall good that Law Enforcement Officers do.

  18. Thatbrothafred

    Its just time for citizens to stand up and know your rights of this country. Please start educating yourself on the laws, the laws was made to protect citizens from harm and danger. I’m very sad, to watch that video. I have kids too, and I would be very unhappy about a situation like that. Also, off topic our people really need to stop the violence in our own communities too, that why problems like this happens because nobody don’t care. We only care about our realities and the way we live (selfish mind set). We watch and look at this video, and say this is bad, but on the flip side some people will say “well I’m glad it was not me.” The question is how do we protect ourselves using the law. Lets, stop waiting for a Al Sharpton (no disrespect), to fight our battles. Lets, stop waiting for the next child or adult to get viciously murder or shot in the streets by anybody! I’m speaking the Real! We live in a information age, if we have to as a people start putting up video or cameras around where you live, its not against the law. it’s for your protection against anybody. When you go to work take a voice recorder or a mini video camera, again its for your own protection. Learn how to start protecting self. I understand we as citizens go to public school, but what the public school don’t teach you is the laws of the land (meaning your state, country, and about yourself (please do resreach on yourself). A good place to learn about laws of this land is your local library, book store, on-line or go to a local lawyer who is intrested in helping to talk law with you (it may cost but the information is worth it). We as citizens of this nation need to learn how to protect self and family first.

  19. Kofi

    Doverdavis, I didn’t hear Wiz say he blamed the president. The point you didn’t understand is tha Barak is being used to maintain the status quo. With an educated black man in the white house, things are becoming worse for black people. Obama has no power to stop it because if he tries, he will be put back in his place by jakals like George Soros, Henry Kissinger, and Zbigniew Brezinski

  20. lola

    My husband was beaten by 15 white police officers for no reason. After calling him racial slurs they handcuffed him and beat him and his 12 year old brother in Dallas Tx. No one cared; I couldn’t even get a news station to cover the story, nor any of the black leaders in the community. It sickens me that this filthy behavior is still going on. When will it end?

  21. Thatbrothafred

    Again we need to learn how to protect ourselves all the time, we need to protect ourselves at work, riding in our cars, walking, at home, our neighbor hoods and etc. And how we do that? Well, now a days it cost very less to buy a recorder or a video camera. You don’t need to protest if you got the evidence in plan sight for the world to see it. Its going to have to take grassroots live action from the community solve our problems. I do understand that the older generation may not know or not into technology, but I very sure somebody can help them learn it, as we learn from the histories stories from them. What the people need to know is this you can’t protest any more, it regulated by law. So forget about it, your just wasting your time, what you have to do now , is read up on the laws around you, and start using the same thing that your environment is using when your walking on a street or when your driving your car? Cameras and Recorders.

  22. Thatbrothafred

    The question to every one,. So what can that young girl do about her problem? She does have evidence that her leg is broken, so she can make that claim. Should she file a civil lawsuit with a lawyer now while the other investigation is going on? We need answers because this young girl may look at these post for help.

  23. Did strong wind blow the plant off ? Or did she accidently knock the plant off ? Ya gotta learn to tell one lie and stick to it.

  24. Carla

    It does not matter how the pot fell. What does matter is how the police are abusing there power at a increasing rate nation wide.

  25. Giving the police the right to beat citizens should not be permitted. The police officer is to protect not punish. A jury should decide guilt base on the evidence. There seem to have been no need to beat this girl considering that they didn’t see her throw anything and did not witness her resisting arrest. All people who violate the law police or other wise should be handled with justice in mind and police should not take the law in their own hands to solve without due diligence. Police brutality has gotten out of hand and should be checked.

  26. cz

    what is the cops side of the story…? Just asking…

  27. This is sad and another horrible commentary about the state of affairs in our country. Being black, being poor, being alive should not be a crime. There are things people can do, one is make sure you are registered to vote so you really can make a change. And remember, all politics are local, the police chief is not above reproach, neither is the prosecutor, learn the laws of your state, and vote in the local elections. Everyone can not be afraid.

  28. Kayla

    Sighs, I really don’t know what to say about this. I never liked police and witness police brutality in my neighborhood. Mind you, I live in a predominately black, middle class neighborhood with no crime and yet cops make it their daily business to target residents in my area and not the white neighborhood two streets over from my neighborhood. We all know this story is deplorable, vile, inhuman, and all other descriptions to characterize a group of monsters. I would say I have become numb, but I can’t become numb to blatant injustice and no one can tell me different. A young woman was beaten because mother nature’s strong winds knocked over a vase of flowers. This is insane. And this is racism. There is no way in hell a white girl would have been subjected to this type of treatment. And the fact the young woman never resisted arrested and her chances of playing basketball in college is jepordize due to her injuries is insane to me. It’s unreal. Now she is being charge with assault towards officers. Something is not right. The injustice and desire to instill fear in blacks and get away with murder of our people is being done right in our faces. Yet, blacks are too scare to stand up against powerful individuals because I guess we assume our voice won’t be heard or it won’t matter. Listen, until blacks as a whole group stand together against police officers and power structures, until we ban together and demand our rights and literally fight (if not die for them), this will continue. The only way this type of hatred and need to beat and kill blacks will stop is when blacks in large groups ban together and say, “Enough.” Until then, look for more stories of innocent blacks being beaten or murder.

  29. Afropick1

    I won’t be visiting Philadelphia

  30. hadit

    Internal investigation? Are you kidding me? Why aren’t the officer behind bars? Where are the assault charges? I hope they riot that city and tear the police station down. This is getting ridiculous. its obvious now…its them against us. If they don’t have the brains to see they (the police) are just pawns in the big game, they deserve what they get.

  31. bintalphonzo

    the reality is that it will never end, no matter of “stand up” or “education”..there will always be racism and every other “ism” you can think of…this country is not for us and never will be. point blank end of story!!!

  32. D.a.g

    In conjunction with the abuse suffered by the college student, what was the purpose of the cop’s sopping the blind man? Twelve cops for 1 person. Why so many cops for one person ?

  33. This is WAY out their, I must say..

  34. renee

    Unfortunate things that happen like this will not change until (they) the police receive the same treatment. When their daughters get beat in the street s then they will want to seek change. Just remember, the deeds that you put out there does come back to you. Therefore, the dirty police need to be trembling. When God gets through working things out, they will apologize to that girl. I once had a relative that got his teeth knocked out by the police. Needless to say, those same two police were fired and moved to a country town where they robbed a bank. After they were found guilty, they went to prison where THEY were beat by some BIG BLACK DUDES! GOD IS A JUST GOD!

  35. Jamaica Belize

    Why would anyone that is not voilent throw somethng at anyone especially the police? They the police must have been bored that day like any of time stuff like this happen. When it’s windy outside stuff goes with the wind. So, since the small cup plant fell into the mulch I am totally confused of the performance of the the police and why would it take 12 officers to beat down a 20 year young lady WHEN SHE DIDN’T DO ANYTHING that was very stupid and immature on their part. My understanding is that this young lady does school I’m so proud of her most young people DON’T EVEN HAVE A LIFE AT 20 MOST YOUNG PEOPLE WANT TO HANG OUT PARTY GEY HIGH AND SHIT LIKE THAT. THIS LADY WAS HEADED FOR A GREAT FUTURE (THEY) THE POLICE DAMAGED HER CHANCE TO GET AHEAD IN LIFE. I HOPE SHE AND HER MOTHER WILL BE OK AND SUE THE HELL OUT OF THE PHILADELPHIA’S POLICE DEPT. THAT WAS JUST ABSOLUTELY 100% WRONG. THE KARMA TRUCK IS COMING AND I KNOW A FEW PEOPLE WHO NEED A RIDE. IF THE SHOE FITS GET YOUR ASSES ON THAT TRUCK THE RIDE IS FREE AND IT’S WAITING FOR YAH AND GOD IS AROUND THE CORNER!!!!!!

  36. Someone mentioned the NAACP,are you kidding me…my autistic grandson is sitting in prison inncently-avoiceforneli.com-my daughter appealed to the local chapter of the naacp of stafford county,va and they sided with the racist justice system of that county…fighting for black people today is not an issue for the naacp…as for AL SHARPTEN he his too busy trying to get into mainstream america that he could not even return a call to my daughter regarding my autistic grandson who was racially profiled…cannot wait to get my grandson back to leave this hell called america and before the ALMIGHTY GOD pour his WRATH out on this NATION!!!

  37. these outlaw type police will not stop this s..t until they feel the same pain… I’m just saying…. every body respects pain…I’m just saying!!!!

  38. THEY HAD NO RIGHT TO BEAT A YOUNG WOMAN IN HER OWN APARTMENT!!! THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS WHAT THESE LOW LIFE COPS DID TO HER. THEY ALL NEED TO BE PUT IN JAIL FOR LIFE!! THEY ARE A BUNCH OF FAGGOTS BEATING ON A YOUNG GIRL LIKE THAT!!! THEY ARE NOT MEN BUT LOW LIFE, FAGGOT ASS, CREEPS!!! I AM SOOOO ANGRY WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS POOR GIRL!!!! HER MOM SHOULD SUE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THIS. SHE DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG, IT WAS AN SIMPLE ACCIDENT!!! I AM SOOOO AFTER THE NATIVE AMERICANS WE WERE ONE OF THE FIRST RACE OF PEOPLE HERE, AND HELPED BUILT THIS DAMN COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!! I HATE THIS COUNTRY BLACK GET NO RESPECT, AND IT’S A DAMN ASS SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!! OTHER COUNTRIES WATCH AND SEE HOW THESE SO-CALLED AMERICANS TREAT BLACK PEOPLE, AND THEY PROBABLY SAYING TO THEMSELVES HOW STUPID AMERICANS ARE, AND I THINK THAT IS ONE (1) OF THE REASONS WHY, THERE ARE SO MANY TERRORIST ATTACKS HERE. WHY HASN’T THE PRESIDENT ADDRESS THIS SERIOUS ISSUE??? THAT IS WHAT I WANT TO KNOW!!! IT SEEMS HE ONLY COME FORWARD WHEN A PERSON IS EITHER MIDDLE CLASS, LIKE HE ALWAYS SAY IN HIS SPEECHES!! HE NEVER SAYS POOR, BUT ONLY MIDDLE CLASS, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WORK AND ARE STILL CONSIDERED POOR, IT SEEMS HE DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THAT!!! THERE ARE MORE POOR PEOPLE, THAN MIDDLE CLASS!!!! AL SHARPTON CAN’T BE EVERY WHERE, BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS POWER HE CAN MAKE A NEW LAW CONCERNING THE POLICE!!! HE CAN BREAK IN ON TV AND TALK ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPEN TO THIS GIRL , AND MANY, MANY, OTHER CASES LIKE THIS ONE!!!

  39. Guess who is off their chains?

  40. ma mu

    This is outrageous. As an African-American woman, this child could have been my daughter. The policeman should be locked up, and the key thrown away. Perhaps, they need to reside in a mental institution for the rest of their lives – they are truly sick. Both officers as males should have never beaten this girl. Yes, I want to see justice done. I’m so sick of hearing about how blacks are ill-treated by those who deem us as inferior. And little does the black officer know that he is still deemed as being a “nigger”.

    Lock them up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or hurry them to a forensic aftercare clinic for the criminally insane.

  41. MysteryMix

    Yes, the police are wrong. They were very wrong but the whole world is wrong. Until black people unite and stand unified we will always face situations of this nature. More crime is committed against blacks from blacks. There are thugs, murderers, rapists, and drug dealers. Unfortunately, we are regarded as such. We need to fix things in our own homes and communities. Once the world sees us standing strong and unified, they’d think twice about their actions. However, we all must answer to God. So never worry that justice isn’t served. It will be served, no matter if now, or later, God will be the judge. REMEMBER THAT!!!!!

  42. Thatbrothafred

    It’s time for Black people to start thinking about moving to a better place(State) or move to another country. And stop waiting for Al Sharpton or Rev. Jackson to help you. This is what it is for black people. Please , understand I took this route ten years ago when my family was victimize by a State. All my family decide to moved to the Islands and it work out for all of us. All my brothers and Sister have their degrees and in school, and for their families are in better neighborhoods where they are not harass by the police and less or no black on black violence. I personally live in a State where thier was racism in the past but the State made changes and fix thier problem. I’m being honest when I look out side my home their is no norms of the typical black neighbor hood. I think maybe because its a religious State. Every cornver in this State their is a church on every corner, The state also regulated their alcohol beverages and tobacco. What this did was bring down the crime rate in this state. And also I think the State made changes because i think environmentally they can not survive if they don’t have people of color (all races). The state I live in now is still a little not perfect but it is way better then where the state i was born in. On a 1 to 10 scale I rate this state a 7.9. At least I do not have to look over ny shoulder any more by crooked police or by my own people. Also, I even traveled to different countries and even consider to maybe one day live in one of those countries. Black people wake-up! Stop being scared! This is not the only place where black people can live in on the planet. Thier is nothing to fight for here, it’s a rap! I understand people may not agree but we as a race of people did the non-violent protest already and nothing change. People is still getting shot up or getting beat in the head. Its time to move yall! Look at what just happen to that young adult woman in the article. I think after the situation is over for her I think she should save her money up, register at another school, buy a passport if need be, and move to another state.

  43. HiSis Isis

    Outrageous cruelty by the police. What gives them the right to do this criminal act of beating up an innocent black young lady in her own home? She must sue the police for this barbaric criminal attack. I hope that President Obama is watching this abuse of power against Black people on his watch!

  44. What the Philadelphia judicial system including the police department are doing is unconstitutional and in my opinion is nothing more than what the oppressors of the 1960′s did just without the sheets!

  45. Jon Pisano, retired Phila Stakeout Unit

    I cannot believe all the negative posts…and yes…racial posts. It appears y’all believe the story of the so called “victim” just because she said that’s what happened. Now, if the Police report states other than what the “victim” states…y’all would reject the Police statements of both Black Americans and White Americans. Shame on y’all for your blind hatred.

    Jon Pisano

  46. Yahqub Yankowy

    Jon Pisano aka Jon Peppers, is this what you do all day?
    Troll imc links to support the police state status quo?
    This is unconstitutional.
    This is illegal, and its been going on for hundreds of years!
    Its time for all of us in this city to unite against this oppression and injustice!
    Mayor Nutter already declared war on the population when he said,”you wanna tangle with us,
    we got the biggest,baddest gang in the city”
    Now that sounds negative does it not?
    I say, bring it on nutter.
    (from an average white muslim philadelphian)

  47. Stop spending your monies at their stores. Stop banking at their banks if there is a black bank in your community. The same laws that governs their banks , governs ours. So take your money out. Stop shopping at their food chains, if you can. If you stop spending your money with them, then a lot of things will change, because you have to hit them where it hurts,in their pockets. Check it out..By any means necessary, does not always mean violence. Hit ‘em up in the pockets. .DJMargieMarge

  48. It baffles me when I hear stories like this here, does this happens to anyother group of people besides us?

  49. Jon Pisano, retired Phila Stakeout Unit

    If you mean us,..do you mean Americans of African heritage, it is my opinion that, what you read above, is the product of those who believe they are persecuted because of their origin/birth status and not for their crimes committed. This is typical for those also in prison. for being CONVICTED of crimes by multi racial jurors as in Mumia Abu Jamal. I urge those with blinders to view things thru CLEAR glass and not that of COLOUR and don’t jump on the bandwagon without knowing the WHOLE facts

    Jon Pisano

  50. Kim

    said it before and will again PA is a very discriminative state. With thier corrupt EEOC agency, no jusutice for NO one who is black and a senator who will not look intothese things. I wonder what his feelings are for this story posted here because he won’t say anything for the corruption of what the EEOC done to me and many other minorities. I beleive they are all in this thing to gether to destroy the average black american citizens. Hate Pennslyvania and will never return to reside there doing this lifetime.

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