Honor Student Inexplicably Beaten by Police “I Awoke Spitting My Teeth Out On the Ground”


BLOOMINGTON IL- On June 29th 2013, Gabriella Calhoun’s life changed forever.  The night was warm and clear, and after partying with friends, Gabriella and her friends decided to go to their local neighborhood Denny’s to get a late night meal.  Gabby is an honor student at Wiley College.  She finished high school a year early and went to college a year before the rest of her cohort.

Honor Student Inexplicably Beaten by Police “I Awoke Spitting My Teeth Out On the Ground”

Sitting on the left side of Denny’s so they can have a view of the parking lot, her crew of 17, all high school graduates, witnessed a fight between two girls.  As the group of college bound students were ordering their drinks, the cops were called.

When officers arrived on the scene, they entered the Denny’s and approached Gabriella’s table and asked if they had anything to do with the fight.   A friend, who shall remain nameless, told the officers that they were not involved with the fight at all at which the cops left and went back outside.

The two girls who were fighting outside were allowed to go into the Denny’s to “clean themselves up.”  One girl was previously maced by a police officer in the parking lot for acting unruly.  When the two girls saw each other inside of Denny’s, they started to fight again.  The cops rushed into the restaurant to break the fight up.

As the cops tried to clear Denny’s, they again approached Gabriella’s table, at which a close friend of hers told the cops they were not involved with the party that was fighting.  The cops grabbed the nameless young man, (he wants his name protected out of fear of retaliation), and escorted him out of Denny’s.  Gabriella followed them and grabbed his side.  As she exited the Denny’s she felt a grip on her neck and arm and says that out of reaction, she tried to pull away.

What happened next was unimaginable.  According to her friends, Gabriella was hit in the face with a night stick by a female officer and was knocked unconscious.   When Gabriella finally gained consciousness, the Wiley College Student said, “I awoke spitting my teeth out on the ground.”

Gabriella then stated, “When I came to, the officer begin 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 [the officer], 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.”

The female cop then lifted the petite honor student off of the ground, at which her b*****s were exposed because the tube top shirt she was wearing had rolled down.  She asked the officer if she could please pull up her shirt, but the officer told her to do it herself.  She then walked Gabriella all the way from the front of the Denny’s to the back where the cop cars were.


Gabriella was then sent to the precinct where she was booked on one charge of felony aggravated battery and two misdemeanors for resisting arrest.

“While at the jail, I received limited medical attention,” said Gabriella.  “The doctors only gave me ointment and an icepack which I had to ask for.”

“I think this is racial profiling not only by the Bloomington police department but also by Denny’s,” stated Lynia Cooper, friend of the victim. “Nobody else in Denny’s had to leave except the African Americans in that area.  The police didn’t hear us out and ultimately used cruel and unusual force on Gabby.”

Cooper added, “Might I add the police didn’t even arrest the females that were involved in the altercations.”

Your Black World tried to reach out to the Bloomington, IL police department, but they said they were unable to make an official statement because the case hasn’t gone to trial yet.

The entire incident left Gabriella terrified. “The whole situation is out of hand,” stated the frightened teen.  “I don’t deserve this and now I hate to look in the mirror.  When I look at what I use to look like to what I look like now, it hurts.  I had the prettiest smile but now I have 3 fake teeth in my mouth.  Nothing is the same.  I have to train myself to talk with my new teeth.”

Civil rights activists are already trying to find out what happened to the student, but are seeking to hear the police department’s side of the story.

“I want to hear what the police have to say, since the burden of proof is on them,” said Dr. Boyce Watkins, who revealed the case of Kelly Williams-Bolar, the mother sent to jail for sending her kids to a school outside her district.  ”But my father is a cop, so I know that her story is not inconceivable.  Police beat law-abiding citizens for little things all the time, and regularly go outside the bounds of decency when exerting their authority.”

Dr. Watkins is meeting this week with the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton in Chicago, and says that he will get their inputs on the matter.  Until then, the family is seeking answers and support from anyone willing to provide it.  Watkins says that he is trying to figure out how a small woman required so much force to restrain, even if she was doing something wrong.

“This woman is the same size as one of my daughters,” said Dr. Watkins.  ”Even if she were out of line, I can’t imagine someone having to smash her face with a billy club and knock her teeth out to get her under control.”

The victim’s mother, Montana Amy Calhoun, wants justice for her daughter.  She has given the names and badge numbers of all officers on the police report, which can be seen below.   She is also asking that anyone who can give information on resources for the family in the Illinois area, please reach out to them.  If you know of resources in Illinois that can help the family, please leave the information in the comments section of this article and/or send an email to organize@yourblackworld.net.

Names of officers involved in the incident (the asterisk is next to officers whom she says assaulted her daughter):


Source: yourblackworld

17 Responses

  1. Unfortunately, racial predudice is just as prominent against whites by minorities, believe it or not. The main thing to remember is that the ‘Elite’ WANT us to be at each others throats. The more unrest, distrust and hatred between races, the less chance of us standing beside our neighbors, (regardless of color), and working together to turn this country back into one we can ALL be proud of. It is shameful when any young person is brutalized by the very police officer(s) she ought to be able to look to for protection! If only we could set our differences aside, stand up and together put our children and families first, perhaps we could stop the decline of our nation, and our world.

  2. Amanda says:

    Thankfully not so much here in Australia. I can’t remember any time a small young girl who could be restrained with one arm or maybe gently with two has been beaten by cops here. At least that has been publicised. But it would definitely be fairly well known if something like this had happened here too! I know it’s TV but every time I watch that Cops show or whatever it’s called I’m horrified at the extensive force used generally on the black members of the community for simple crimes like theft and drugs. Unless they put up a decent struggle or are part of something violent that generally doesn’t happen here. Especially not on camera! The absolutely beat on the crack heads they are arresting (not so much if they are white) and looking at these guys they are not in a state to be able to put up much of a fight

  3. Amanda says:

    That’s very very sad! I am just angered so much by racism! This poor beautiful girl has been through a horrific event and he had to bring race into it and tell her to “go back to Africa” I didn’t see anywhere in the article that she was an immigrant? However I can see gradually our younger generations going the same way probable from being fed the same crap by the media. If this is the norm thankfully ours are a little behind in the dumbing down. But they are definitely on their way. My theory though is they are so used to education and everything being handed out that they no longer value it.

  4. Amanda says:

    You poor poor girl! I was only your age 13 years ago but still I cannot imagine any kids your you now ever having to fear the police here unless they have done wrong. Unfortunately here the bad kids don’t even fear the police as they know they can’t do anything to them. But wow! You poor kid! I hope they get what’s coming to them! Your police force is becoming an even bigger disgrace! Sad part of that being that the good cops must be retiring left right and centre as I can’t imagine a decent cop could stand by and let this happen to you!

    • Michael J. Marsalek says:

      Oh wake up and smell the coffee.!!! Good cops and even many bad cops supervisers are generally silent when it comes to police brutality and incidents of false arrest.

  5. Amanda says:

    Stan Simorski you uneducated bastard!!! Your ancestors brought them to America as slaves to begin with! How dare you!!! It’s redneck f**ks like you who make the rest of the world hate Americans! And no I’m not from a non western country I am Australian and from where the rest of the world is sitting its your redneck dumb assed ways that has ruined your country and its the redneck syndrome in the cops that makes them act this way! Do you not know your own countries history?!?! Wow! I know you fools are oblivious to the rest of the world but wow! That’s even in your history books it’s not hidden like half of your false historical truths! I pitty all the decent people in your country it must be he’ll on earth having neighbours like yourself!

    • Michael J. Marsalek says:

      Well Mate :
      Every politician who has ever run for office promised to fix the American educational system. The fixing process has resulted in the dumbing down of America. Subjects like history, civics, English, spelling, cursive writing and math have all taken serious turns for the worst thanks almost entirely to the federal government and the national teachers union(s). Long story short,
      much of the current generation of Americans and for sure the next are uneducated bastards by political design. It was said that education made slaves discontent with slavery. Eventually sslaves grew out of slavery. Now, through the dumbing down of America, that process is being reversed.

  6. Archie1954 says:

    Another case of police brutality and another chief ready to state that it is standard practice to smash young honor students in the face and well within the law. I’m sure we all seen this somewhere before actually hundreds of times before. I hope she gets a million dollars and the female neanderthal that did this to her has to pay for it out of her wages.

    • doesntmatter says:

      no no…that wont happen because this is the white mans land of injustice…and it will never happen in the future because they don’t have the skill, will, or wisdom to fix the problems they created. so either get the heck out of a poorly founded and maintained hock of hell, or get used to its inevitable downfall.

  7. This is why you need to go back to Africa Gabriella. Many negros before you have ruined the cred of all of you due to their mindless violence over time, you dig? And it comes back on us White folks now too because, and thanks to negros, the police don’t know how to treat us with the respect we demand. Thanks negros.

    • doesntmatter says:

      usually when you have to demand respect, its because you don’t deserve it….I think even a dumbarse, useless, violent negro knows that…dontcha think??

  8. Bob Spittler says:

    I have next to zero use for the black race in America and always have had….particularly since the Almighty Mackdaddy has been in the Blight House. But they are humans and this is flatly inexcusable swine-state brutality that has become far too plentiful in the so-called “land of the free”. We’ve got grossly too many sociopaths with a clinical godalmighty complex loose on the streets hiding behind khaki and blue and they should end up in general population in places like Harrisburg and, should any of them survive their prison terms, they should be barred for life from ever again holding any office of public trust. Sociopathic brutality under “color of law”, aside from being a federal felony, flatly warrants well deserved brutality reciprocated and it has long since become only too easy to see why normal people can be so easily turned into cop-haters and cop-killers. Interestingly, this incident occured in Illinois, the Mackdaddy’s home turf and right about now among the most crime and corruption ridden States in the U.S.

  9. Ltpar says:

    We are only getting one side of the story here, but I would be the first to agree that the incident needs to be thoroughly closely investigated. A cardinal sin by any Police Officer is to hit a person in the head with their baton. Officers are trained and retrained on use of the baton and the parts of the body to strike. The head and face is not on the list of acceptable spots. This violation alone, would constitute excesive force and is going to cost the City those Officers work for a lot of money. Without trying to second guess the Cops, I suspect a thorough investigation will uncover a number of errors made, including very poor supervision of the scene. Cases like this one unfortunately give a black eye to all those men and women in Law Enforcement out there every day trying to do a good job protecting the public.

  10. Michael J. Marsalek says:

    Here again is another apparent case of police brutality and false arrest. It goes without saying that the officers involved are to be considered armed & dangerous. They should be immediately be disarmed and suspended of their duties without pay until a speedy & thorough investigation of the incident is concluded. If the investigation indicates that the officers are cleared of any wrong doing, were justified in their actions and did not use unnecessary and excessive force; they should be exhonorated, reinstated and be given their back pay. If the investigation indicates otherwise, all of the officers should be terminated, forfeit their back pay and be charged criminally as appropriate. It is extremely important that any & all victims of police brutality and false arrest get the names & badge numbers of all of the police involved and to make that information public. Victims should attempt to get all of the officers’ business cards for later positive identification. Very often the police are reluctant to give their proper identification and in some cases, some officers have been known to hide their name tags and badges.

    • Archie1954 says:

      And don’t forget the investigation has to be independent, not an internal one by the police against the police. That doesn’t work and never will.

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