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Student Gabby Calhoun Charged With Assault Despite Being Beaten Unconscious By Police Officer

| by Jonathan Wolfe

In June, college student Gabby Calhoun was in the news after she claimed a police officer knocked her unconscious with a night stick and choked her after she regained consciousness.

In case you aren’t familiar with the story, here is what went down:

Gabby and several friends were eating at a Denny’s in Bloomington, Illinois when a fight broke out outside the restaurant. Police broke up the fight and let the girls go inside Denny’s to clean themselves up. The two girls started fighting again inside the restaurant, so police came inside.

Then, according to Gabby, one of the police officers came up to Gabriella’s table and escorted one of her male friends outside. Gabby maintains that neither she nor her friends were involved in the fight in any way.

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Gabby followed the officer that escorted her male friend away to ask why he was being taken. But once outside, Gabby was knocked unconscious by a female officer. She woke up spitting her teeth and blood on the ground.

“I awoke spitting my teeth out on the ground,” Calhoun said. “When I came to, the officer began 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 said, ‘I don’t care if you have asthma. You were hitting my officer.’

“Afterward, the officer kept saying over and over again, ‘how was your party’ as she held my face to the ground.”

Gabby suffered a concussion, broken teeth, and a number of cuts and bruises. She was arrested by Bloomington police, and forced to walk across a parking lot full of people with her bare chest exposed while being escorted to the police car. She spent two days in jail with limited medical attention. Little did she know the attack would only be the start of her troubles.

Gabby has been indicted on two charges – one for aggravated battery to a peace officer, and another for resisting a peace officer with officer injury. The police report for the incident can be seen here. Gabby will fight the charges in court, and insists she was a victim, not an aggressor, in the ordeal.

As an honors college student, she’s having trouble paying for the expensive attorney fees that will surely accompany her case. She has set up a fundraising site to help her pay her looming legal fees.

“I recently lost my attorney for not being able to pay the fee due. Please help me fight for justice,” Gabby writes on the site.

Her trial begins on November 27th, 2013. 

Source: Black Blue Dog, Your Black World, Go Fund Me