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: