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Oct 4, 2010

Witness to alleged brutality comes forward

Another person says she can corroborate Thomas’s reports. That’s Bood’s mother, Estell Rhaburn, who was visiting on the same night of the alleged abuse. She told News Five that she heard the commotion in her daughter’s room.

Estell Rhaburn, Witnessed Police Brutality

estell rhaburn

“Afta bout five or seven minutes soh I hear wah lotta noise dah back.  I hear she di talk pan di tip ah ih voice soh a want know dah weh gone on soh I gone dah back.  When I get dah back she eena ih room and di police eena ih room and di lee gial eena ih room and di baby dehn di bawl because di police deh di strong she fi I don’t know what at the time.  And den di police di hawl Judith cause Judith hold onto di window and ih di ask deh weh unu want ker me fah? I noh know bout nothing, unu done search my house and unu noh find nothing, soh weh unu want ker me fah?  Di police loose Judith hand from offa di window and den got ah pan di bed pan ih back now.  Ih knee eena ih side, dat dah weh I see.”

Marion Ali

“Who is he?”

Estell Rhaburn

“Di police deh pan toppa she, check it out, and put handcuff pan ih hand.  Soh di lee Shanima, come eena di room and see dat.”

Marion Ali

“Who’s that?”

Estell Rhaburn

“Shanima, fi she oldest daughter, di bawl right, because den she noh know why di police maybe di beat ih ma and dehn kinda ting, soh she bite ah fi let ah goh, right.

Marion Ali

“She bite the officer?”

Estell Rhaburn

“She bite di police, den di police shub she.  Arite ih bangles Judith hand, ih tek up Judith, grab Judith offa di bed and dehn ker Judith right.  When dehn get by di pick up now di man dash ah eena di pick up.”

Bood has since taken her claim to the Ombudsman and the Legal Aid office and has also filed a complaint with the Police Department’s Internal Affairs office for investigation.

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