I am always at the frontlines/ organizing for justice, but now I need your support. I never shared this publicly but I felt the need to speak uup.
On July 23, 2014, a Portland police officer attacked my mother and injured her. She was trying to communicate with him outside of Maine Medical center. She did not speak the language so he couldn’t understand what she was saying. Instead of helping her, he grabbed her by the hand and throw her on the floor. He put his knee on her neck until she was having a hard time breathing. My mother kept saying “ I have asthma.” After a couple of minutes, he got off her. The nurses than put a sock in her mouth to stop her from screaming. Yes, they put a sock in her mouth.
He realized that she was injured so he called the hospital staff to assist him. They put her in a room and claimed to have treated bed. My mother made a complaint but that officer was never held accountable. They said that the officer did nothing wrong. This complaint was investigated by the chief who had a bias against my family during the time this occurred.
How do you put a sock in someone’s mouth to stop them from screaming after you attack them because they don’t speak the same language as you? She still has injured today to the point where she receives homecare. She has a neck/ shoulder injury. She says “ I am not dead or living my life the right way because I am always in pain.” Portland Police police are the worse department in Maine.
I need all of you to come together to fight for justice for my mom and every other black person who has been injured/ murdered by Portland police. My mother came to this country as refugee . She never imaged that she would get attacked by an officer.
The city has now reopened my mother case and it will be re investigated. I need everyone to come together to support my mother
We need a lawyer to look at my mother’s case to make sure this investigated is thoroughly investigated.
- Becka Gagne
- Chea-Ee Lee
- Catherine Patti
- Kelli Lacy
- Brette Lennon