Patrick was slammed on the hood of a police cruiser and beaten with a billy club after deputies handcuffed him and tied his feet together. He was well aware of his attack being racially motivated because the deputies repeatedly yelled, “we don’t give a “F” about Obama.
The officer pepper sprayed me in the face as I yelled for help! Patrick recalls. I saw them closing in on me. Then the third officer came behind me and started choking me and telling me he was trying to put me to sleep.”
The following is a description of an attack that took place on September 17, 2009 during a traffic stop in Marrero, Louisiana (Metroplex of New Orleans). Patrick George, a 22 year old black man, was pulled over by three Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Officers the night of the attack. The officers charged Patrick with one count of injuring public records, two counts of battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest by violence. A week after the attack the DA’s office refused to prosecute Patrick on the first two counts, but is still pressing charges on resisting arrest by violence. During this attack Patrick suffered major lacerations to his face, eye and both wrists, as well as multiple orbital fractures and nerve damage.
I share this story not only to bring light to the situation, but also to highlight the reality of it as well. We hear of crime and violence on a daily basis. Although our hearts go out to the victims and their families, we never think it will happen to us or to someone we know. However it did. Patrick’s parents are dear friends of mine and it hit close to home like never before. I wanted to give Patrick’s Mother an opportunity to share her heart, with so many parents, as well as citizens of the United States. I know this is not an isolated incident. And there are so many more that have not made it this far. So let this story be part of the fight for everyone who has had to endure this awful battle.
Hear the words of Marlo Best, a Mother fighting for justice for her child…
My heart breaks with every interview and opportunity my son is given to tell of these horrific events. My passion for justice gives me the courage to go up against wicked systems in this region of America; the supposed land of the free. Patrick and I lodged complaints with the Sheriff’s Office, Internal Affairs and the FBI; where we’ve been intimidated, talked down to and accused of being guilty. We were shaken but refused to give up.
We’ve reached out to the media in order to bring awareness and invoke pressure on these public systems to do what’s just and fair on Patrick’s behalf. It’s a long lived, deeply rooted, epidemic that’s been tolerated by this Sheriff’s Office for far too long. Since sharing our story, numerous citizens have told us their stories of abuse by the same Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies. I encourage citizens to make their complaints and follow through, no matter what. It’s the only way this criminal behavior will be deterred or stopped.
I solicit your prayers not only for this family but for every family who has faced an abusive situation involving the judicial system. I believe Psalms 71:1-6 says it best for us all.
Psalms 71: 1-16
1 In You, O LORD, I put my trust;
Let me never be put to shame.
2 Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape;
Incline Your ear to me, and save me.
3 Be my strong refuge,
To which I may resort continually;
You have given the commandment to save me,
For You are my rock and my fortress.
4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
5 For You are my hope, O Lord GOD;
You are my trust from my youth.
6 By You I have been upheld from birth;
You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb.
My praise shall be continually of You.
7 I have become as a wonder to many,
But You are my strong refuge.
8 Let my mouth be filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all the day.
9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
10 For my enemies speak against me;
And those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together,
11 Saying, “God has forsaken him;
Pursue and take him, for there is none to deliver him.”
12 O God, do not be far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me!
13 Let them be confounded and consumed
Who are adversaries of my life;
Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor
Who seek my hurt.
14 But I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.
15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And Your salvation all the day,
For I do not know their limits.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD;
I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.
Written by: Judi Mason for www.elev8.com