On April 15, 2014, two College Park white male officers assaulted Mary Hooks. Mary Hooks is a mother, sister, friend, community organizer, and a lover of her people. She witnessed an aggressive and excessive police interaction between 4 officers with their guns drawn and 2 younger Black women pulled over behind her car at a gas station. Mary came their aid by asking the women if they knew their rights and if anyone needed to be contacted.
When the two male officers approached Mary, she assured them she was standing back, she was only videotaping, and placed her hands up. These offices continue toward her, grabbed her and slammed her into the pavement, pushed her head into the ground with their knees, resulting in a scrab on her head and a fractured elbow.
Subsequently, she was arrested, her truck was impounded, and she was charged with obstructing and public disorderly conduct. Both having fines and possible jail time.
On behalf of Mary Hooks, community we are asking for your support to raise $3,500.00 cover her legal fees and fines.
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Is there a link to a news story about this? I work in College Park and I’ve heard nothing about this incident. Suffice it to say, I’ve been around long enough to know if white cops beat up a black woman in Atlanta theres usually a helluva uproar. Not saying it didn’t happen, but I think if you’re going to have a campaign like this you should provide supporting evidence, just to make it clear.
sister roslynholcomb, please unfollow me. thank you.
roslynholcomb, No. There isn’t a news story because media outlets are rarely concerned with the abuse of Black women. State-sanctioned violence through the American terrorist police force against Black bodies isn’t considered to be news worthy. Excessive violence against Black women resulting in injury or death by White men in uniform is considered “protocol” or the “appropriate” use of force. News outlets assume such violence must be warranted or necessary. Maybe if she were a White woman, we could locate her story on the front page of the Atlanta Journal or a top story on CNN, but she is not White and we can NOT rely on a White-media to tell OUR stories. We should not need our stories to be validated by the news, our stories are made valid through our LIVED-EXPERIENCE. Because of a media that seeks to make the brutalities committed against Black women invisible, it is now the community’s responsibility to make sure that her story and the stories of others are told.
It our responsibility to share this story.