I hope everyone’s having a wonderful Mother’s Day. Sadly, something’s come up that needs to be addressed. I just learned that a friend and former high school classmate’s brother is a victim of police brutality.
Jeremy Gordon is a Howard University student who was stopped by police on Sunday May 4. While riding in his car *with his girlfriend*, he saw police lights and decided to pull over. They yelled for him to get out of the car. As he did, they yelled at him to get out of the car, snatched him out and thrown him to the ground, handcuffing him. Then, while he was restrained, he was punched three times, injuring his left eye. He was pepper-sprayed and dragged to his feet.
Gordon maintains that he did nothing wrong. According to the video provided by NBC Washington, he is clearly scarred physically and emotionally. He says that one of the cops saw his car’s New York license plates and told him “Welcome to Washington”.
Of course, the Washington Police has a different story. Documents stated that Gordon was being combative when he was stopped, even punched an officer. When informed of this, Gordon adamantly defied those records, stating they are all lies. Even his girlfriend agrees that he didn’t do anything. Still he is charged with assaulting an officer.
This young man, my friend and her family are going through a tough time with this ordeal. I sincerely hope they get justice. Please keep them in your prayers.
*ERROR*: I talked with his sister. She informed me that he was on his way to pick up his girlfriend, which means that he was alone in the car when the attack happened. I apologize for the discrepancy.