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Fri Oct 8, 2021, 12:23 PM

Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn't Exist.

https://www.propublica.org/article/black-children-were-jailed-for-a-crime-that-doesnt-exist

Chapter 1: “What in the World?”

Friday, April 15, 2016: Hobgood Elementary School, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Three police officers were crowded into the assistant principal’s office at Hobgood Elementary School, and Tammy Garrett, the school’s principal, had no idea what to do. One officer, wearing a tactical vest, was telling her: Go get the kids. A second officer was telling her: Don’t go get the kids. The third officer wasn’t saying anything.

Garrett knew the police had been sent to arrest some children, although exactly which children, it would turn out, was unclear to everyone, even to these officers. The names police had given the principal included four girls, now sitting in classrooms throughout the school. All four girls were Black. There was a sixth grader, two fourth graders and a third grader. The youngest was 8. On this sunny Friday afternoon in spring, she wore her hair in pigtails.

A few weeks before, a video had appeared on YouTube. It showed two small boys, 5 and 6 years old, throwing feeble punches at a larger boy as he walked away, while other kids tagged along, some yelling. The scuffle took place off school grounds, after a game of pickup basketball. One kid insulted another kid’s mother, is what started it all.

Screenshots from a heavily filtered video, originally posted to YouTube, showing a scuffle among small children that took place off school grounds. Screenshots by ProPublica
The police were at Hobgood because of that video. But they hadn’t come for the boys who threw punches. They were here for the children who looked on. The police in Murfreesboro, a fast-growing city about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, had secured juvenile petitions for 10 children in all who were accused of failing to stop the fight. Officers were now rounding up kids, even though the department couldn’t identify a single one in the video, which was posted with a filter that made faces fuzzy. What was clear were the voices, including that of one girl trying to break up the fight, saying: “Stop, Tay-Tay. Stop, Tay-Tay. Stop, Tay-Tay.” She was a fourth grader at Hobgood. Her initials were E.J.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Fri Oct 8, 2021, 12:27 PM

1. JFC

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Fri Oct 8, 2021, 12:28 PM

2. Yet another shining example of...

 

the police at work. What would we ever do if they were to be defunded?

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Fri Oct 8, 2021, 12:35 PM

3. There will be a lawsuit on this

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Response to LetMyPeopleVote (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 01:18 PM

13. Illegally jailed as minors, 1,450 eligible in $11M settlement from Rutherford County



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🚨PASS IT ON: “~1,450 people jailed illegally at the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center can claim a share of a $11 million class-action settlement… DEADLINE: Oct. 29, less than 200 have filed eligible claims, must be under 25 to qualify…”

Illegally jailed as minors, 1,450 eligible in $11M settlement from Rutherford County
People illegally jailed at the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center have an Oct. 29 deadline to file a claim in an $11 million settlement.
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10:12 AM · Oct 9, 2021


https://www.dnj.com/story/news/2021/09/29/former-minors-illegally-incarcerated-can-get-cut-settlement/5897244001/

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Response to Nevilledog (Reply #13)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 05:11 PM

17. So they supposedly found nameless kids on a YT vid, but can't contact their actual victims?

They have these kid victims name, DOB, SS# but less that 200 of 1400 victims have applied for compensation.

Something continues to stink here.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Fri Oct 8, 2021, 12:38 PM

4. Damn, I couldn't even finish the article. That is so appalling and horrifying.

I honestly don't know how to react to something like this story. I'm not a particularly violent person, but this makes me want to break something.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Fri Oct 8, 2021, 01:58 PM

5. The article got more and more horrifying. I could barely read it.

I hope the article will lead to her firing and the institution's closure.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Fri Oct 8, 2021, 03:38 PM

6. Wow, that is an outrageous story

What a bunch of self righteous christo-fascists they have there.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Fri Oct 8, 2021, 04:04 PM

7. Authoritarian abuse and corruption (a preamble to atrocities).

Donna Scott Davenport is monstrous. She’s a frightening authoritarian as malevolent and manipulative as any villain you’ve read about.

Also scary is how compliant “the system” is/was to her impulses and whims. She’s responsible for lifetimes of trauma and paid handsomely for her trouble: $176,000 per year. This is in the fifth-largest county in Tennessee, with a population of 340,000 people. The brutality of America is incontrovertible. Every time you see black kids, you should remember this story. Rutherford County has even monetized and expanded their corrupt juvenile justice system by warehousing kids from surrounding counties.

The criminal justice system isn’t filled with kind and generous humanitarians. Be forewarned.


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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Fri Oct 8, 2021, 04:32 PM

8. So what is it here? The cops need more training, more funds, more body cameras?

Nope. The system is unreformable. Abolish it.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 01:15 PM

12. Agreed

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Fri Oct 8, 2021, 04:36 PM

9. More of this non sense.

https://wpln.org/post/rutherford-county-to-pay-up-as-much-as-11m-for-arrest-and-jailing-of-children/



June 16, 2021
A suit against Rutherford County alleged that it violated the rights of children by taking them into custody.Brian Turnervia Flickr
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Rutherford County has agreed to pay up to $11 million to settle a large, class-action lawsuit over its policies for arresting and detaining children. The settlement, filed in federal court on Wednesday, is the largest in a string of lawsuits surrounding the county’s juvenile court.

The lawsuit has been five years in the making and represents a class of more than 1,000 children. It alleged that Rutherford County, for more than a decade, was violating the rights of kids by arresting them illegally and placing them in juvenile detention without sufficient grounds.

In 2017, a federal judge sided with the plaintiffs and granted a preliminary injunction, ordering the county to stop its policy for detaining its children. In his order, the judge wrote that Rutherford County’s system for locking up children “departs drastically” from ordinary standards and that “children in Rutherford County are suffering irreparable harm every day.”

The roots of the aggressive policy of arresting and detaining children, outlined in the lawsuits, can be traced back to at least 2003, in a memo written by the county’s juvenile judge, Donna Scott Davenport. The memo had been interpreted to mean that after a summons is issued for a child, law enforcement must always make a physical arrest and take that child to the county’s detention center. At the detention center, a separate policy, also outlined in the lawsuit, allowed children to be detained despite not having the legal grounds to do so.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 01:07 AM

10. Knew it had to be Tennessee!


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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 03:05 AM

11. RawStory picked this up

And rightfully labeled it "'Unconscionable' and 'insane.'"

https://www.rawstory.com/black-children-in-tennessee-were-jailed-for-a-crime-that-doesn-t-even-exist/

The cruelty is jawdropping.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 04:46 PM

14. she just made her linked in private. good she knows the story of her corruption and heinous crimes

is spreading today

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 05:00 PM

15. When we say how could things get worse, pull out this story.

This miserable human being must be replaced.


Donna Scott Davenport is the judge for the Rutherford County Juvenile Court in Rutherford County, Tennessee. She was elected to the court in 2000 and re-elected in 2006 and 2014. Her current term expires in 2022.[1][2][3]

https://ballotpedia.org/Donna_Scott_Davenport


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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Sat Oct 9, 2021, 05:03 PM

16. And nothing will happen to the POS judge



In Rutherford County, Davenport still runs juvenile court, making $176,000 a year. (She’s up for reelection next year, and has previously said she’d like to run for another eight-year term.) Duke still runs the juvenile detention center, earning $98,000. And the system as a whole continues to grow.

In 2005, the budget for juvenile services, including court and detention center staff, was $962,444. By 2020 it had jumped to $3.69 million.

Earlier this year, Davenport went before the county commission’s public safety committee. “I come to you this year with a huge need,” she said. By now she had two full-time magistrates and another who worked part time. Davenport said she wanted an additional full-time magistrate. And another secretary. She wanted to increase her budget by 23%.

She also wanted to expand the system’s physical footprint. A small school in the same building was closing, so Davenport proposed converting classrooms into an intake room and a courtroom.

The commissioners gave Davenport’s budget request a favorable recommendation. Their vote was unanimous.

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