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4 White Missouri Cops Brutalize Black Mother And Son After Falsely Accusing Them Of Stealing

A 68-year-old black woman and her adult son have sued four white police officers who used excessive force on them after wrongly accusing them of stealing a TV in a Missouri Sam’s Club.

Details contained in the lawsuit revealed that even after being told by store attendant that the Black mother and her son had paid for the TV in their possession, the White police officer called his other colleagues to effect the forecful arrest of the Black woman and her son.

Describing the anguish and mental pains she suffered after the incident, Marvia Gray said she thought her son would be killed.

NY DailyNews reported that Marvia Gray suffered “mental anguish” as well as injuries to her tailbone, back, shoulder, knees and arms when she was thrown to the ground and handcuffed March 23 inside the Des Peres store, the lawsuit filed Monday in St. Louis County alleges.

Her 43-year-old son, Derek, suffered a concussion, three shattered teeth and other injuries, the paperwork obtained by the Daily News states.

Marvia was especially traumatized during the incident because she feared for her son’s life following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, her lawyer Andrew M. Stroth told the Associated Press.

“Mrs. Gray thought her son was about to be another black man unjustifiably shot and killed by the police,” Stroth said in a phone interview. “You can see in the video that she is terrified with respect to what they’re doing to her son.”

Cellphone video shot in the store and obtained by the AP begins with Gray and her son already on the ground. Derek tries to sit up at one point, but two officers forcefully push him back down, according to the video.

“Get off me,” he is heard yelling. “I’m humiliated.”

Marvia screams throughout the videos, yelling at officers, “Please leave me alone!”

Derek and an officer were treated for injuries following the incident, Des Peres City Administrator Douglas Harms told the AP.

Harms said the city’s public safety director reviewed the evidence and “unequivocally denies that the officers used excessive force to ‘beat’ the plaintiffs.”

Marvia Gray is in frail health with osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, glaucoma and other ailments, Stroth said.

Derek, who lives in Virginia and works in security, reportedly took a leave from his job to care for his mom at her home in Creve Coeur, Missouri, another St. Louis suburb.

At the Sam’s Club, Derek purchased a 65-inch Sony Bravia flat-screen TV for his mother, along with other items, Stroth said.

When they tried to load the massive TV in their 2018 Lexus SUV and realized it wouldn’t fit, they asked the store to hold it until Derek could retrieve it later.

A Des Peres Police officer in the store mistakenly thought he was stealing the TV when he returned later. The officer followed Derek to his SUV and voiced his suspicion before a store employee intervened and explained the TV was paid for, the lawsuit said.

Despite receiving this information, the officer still called the Des Peres Police Department and “falsely reported that he had ‘witnessed Gray steal a TV and place it in the parked vehicle,’” the lawsuit states.

When Derek reported the incident to his mom, they decided to return the TV due to the experience with the false allegations, the lawsuit states.

While the Grays were at the store seeking a refund, the four officers, including the one who made the emergency call, “violently and physically seized Marvia Gray and Derek Gray, throwing them to the floor, beating them, handcuffing them, then arresting them,” the paperwork states.

Police Capt. Sean Quinn declined to comment Monday, citing the pending litigation.

Speaking to reporters, Marvia Gray said she was terrified as she watched the officers arrest her son.

“I said, ‘They’re going to kill him,’” Gray recalled. “I could see my son dying before my eyes.”

Marvia Gray was charged with interfering with an officer and resisting arrest.

Prosecutors are still reviewing whether to file charges against Derek Gray, according to Harms.

The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages and also names the city as a defendant.

Photo credit: AP

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  1. De Ama Battle De Ama Battle May 27, 2020

    This is only a microcosm of the hate crimes against Black men, that don’t get caught on camera. PAID LEAVES, SUSPENDED OR NON EXISTENT SENTENCES, NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!!!!!!!

    • De Ama Battle De Ama Battle May 27, 2020


  2. Ms. Johnson-Veney Ms. Johnson-Veney May 27, 2020

    As long as these police people don’t have to pay a PERSONAL price for their behavior, they could give a fat rat’s behind as to what they do to African-Americans, especially men. In the days of slavery, the white men gelded the slaves before they hung them. Trust me, it’s envy; and know what, envy is manifested in many ways. Check out the meaning of “penis envy!” Then you may have a glimpse into why these marginalized white “men” use their institutionalized power to demean and/or kill African-American men. Why else do you think Trump despises Barack Obama? I wish that someone would stress to him that his fingers will NEVER be as long as Obama’s. Question: (Saw this on the internet) Is it true that “Trump’s Sz. 8 foot is cocooned inside Sz. 12 shoes with a l” lift insuring he will usually be the tallest man in the room and that his shoes will look proportional to his size?”

    Oh my goodness!!!!

  3. Elder Wayman Elder Wayman May 27, 2020

    All this racism and harsh treatment is because on of 1 person. #45 and his stupid antics and remarks about cleansing America. MAGA IS RAISING UP CIVIL WAR!!

    • Erika Koenigsaecker Erika Koenigsaecker May 27, 2020

      Trump has made racism a ‘cool” thing. It has been around since The first slave. It is the most horrendous thing that can happen in a democracy. I will keep trying to change that. Defeating Trump will help. White Supremacy can not stand anymore. There is help from the Southern Poverty Law Center. it’s one way I support the right for all freedoms to all Americans. Sorry, this answer is clumsy. I’m trying to make my thoughts known, but —


      • v ross v ross June 5, 2020

        Racism has been here since white people first set foot on this land and demoralized the Indians by taking their land. AND gave them all their diseases.

    • Saulo Villatoro Saulo Villatoro May 28, 2020

      This is 2014, during #44. Don’t blame them.

      • Justice PreVaile Justice PreVaile May 28, 2020

        @Saulo Villator Reading comprehension is fundamental to understanding, processing, and participating in a conversation. You’ve failed on three fronts.

  4. Erika Koenigsaecker Erika Koenigsaecker May 27, 2020

    First, the jogger is killed. Then a man doing a good civic deed is falsely accused. Then a man was killed while an officer kneed his neck while on the ground for suspicion of a crime. Then a woman who had physical difficulties that would never have allowed her to run or fight back. She was accused of interfering with an arrest – she was just being a mother. The officers told that there was no theft by store employees, also slammed her son to the floor. These officers caused injuries, and emotional stress and pain. How can African AMERICANS not riot over this? How can a mother deal with her son being killed for no reason other than being black? I don’t know how they have survived white racism all these years. For as long as this land has been taken over by whites. I am appalled and disgusted with “my” race. At times I want to go by my ethnicity rather than race. I apologize for what has been done to all of you. I work in whatever way I can to change this. I am so sorry.

    • Blythe N. Allen ( April) Blythe N. Allen ( April) May 28, 2020

      Thankyou Ms. Erika for your heartfelt response. The Almighty loves us all and its painful to see these cowardly acts repeated consistently over and over with justice rarely being served. My prayer is that a domino effect of pure justice will sweep the States —- I believe it could happen if everyone will pull together

    • Ashley Ashley May 28, 2020

      You have a Beautiful Soul sweetheart & I Pray “OUR GOD” (WE ARE ALL BORN OF THE SAME FATHER) guides your hands & your heart ❤️ as you continue to seek Justice for those who are denied it.🙏🏾

    • Paul McLean Paul McLean May 28, 2020

      Well it’s not UR fault it’s a Trump following with cop’s given permission to treat black people in that way but I know not all white ppl are like that just the evil ones will 100.000 black males be murdered before the murder pandemic of black people by cop’s get noticed by ppl in power who are acting like nothing is happening glad I don’t live in the USA

    • Donna Lewis Donna Lewis May 31, 2020

      Dear Erika it’s good to know you understand how we feel. I appreciate you. But when you were younger did you feel the same then ? Or are you realizing that it was wrong all along.

  5. Carolyn lBuchanan Carolyn lBuchanan May 27, 2020

    Why do the law acts like they are above the law.god will get justice for all the people that was killed by the law,that’s wrong for them to do that. May mr. Floyd rest in peace

  6. Ali Dia Ali Dia May 27, 2020


  7. Dorothy McClendon Dorothy McClendon May 27, 2020

    Someone should have whipped her behind!
    That is how innocent blacks lose their lives with evil racist people like her.
    And she should be charged with giving false report and harassment.

  8. Fox Fox May 27, 2020

    Native Americans and Black Americans are often not treated like humans by the racist police personnel who tarnish the work of heroes. This infers that standards should be raised in terms of who can become a police officer. At minimum, an undergraduate degree with courses in race relations, Black American and Native American studies. These two races remain the most dehumanized in society. Efforts must be made to provide better education, raise standards and root out the imental llness that is racism. At least in part.

  9. Janet Parker Janet Parker May 28, 2020

    The Quakers did it…The Underground Railroad could not have been successful without soulful gut wretching fed up Christian caucasians. letting their own race know without a doubt they had enough and they not going to take it no more!!!

  10. Saulo Villatoro Saulo Villatoro May 28, 2020

    I couldn’t include the link “Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police…”

    • Paul McLean Paul McLean May 28, 2020

      Do u think some cop’s are klan

  11. The wise one The wise one May 28, 2020

    Arrested?! That ain’t right! Hope them cops lose their jobs permanently

  12. Michael Jamison Michael Jamison May 28, 2020

    Stop voteing this racest people onto public offices. There are to many black voters ,vote out of office the district attorney’s that are not charging these none black officers with murder. Remember they are also the problem. They’re the ones letting them get away with it.

    • Paul McLean Paul McLean May 28, 2020

      The votes will and are rigged who will stop that they are all involved anyway

      • Eugene Eugene May 29, 2020

        Prove it. So many people died that we have a right to vote. Then some lazy a*s make an asinine comment with no proof. We have too many mayors, senators, governors, attorney generals and so on that are people of color, who have been voted into office. When you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.

  13. Ricky Nelson Ricky Nelson May 28, 2020

    This shit is just another display of what they consider as black people being so called being non compliant to their orders so we are subjected to their abuse of power that always seems to go unpunished and that’s bullshit they need to be incarcerated that’s the bottom line!

  14. Lonnie Love Lonnie Love May 28, 2020

    These policemen that I doing this Injustice t o black people are nothing but blatant cowards hiding behind a badge in the uniform probably the only job they ever had and they really shouldn’t be in that position born racist brought up in a family of racism taught and learned by example they should be in prison

  15. Carmella Davis Shumate Carmella Davis Shumate May 28, 2020

    I am tired of seeing our black people suffer like we do and I pray something is done about it soon, or we need to move out of America. This is a sickness that has always been out of hand, but now we see it more and more. This is evil, sick, sad, and just wrong

  16. Sherry Gessel Sherry Gessel May 31, 2020

    I just want to bawl and scream at the same time, everytime I see a so called officer doing harm to an innocent (black) man. Wth is wrong with these people! We fought for their rights, we are all equal and these so called officers need fired and incarcerated immediately. Trump needs impeached, he’s nothing but a racist male shoveness asshole who is no better than these racist so called officers. I say so called officers because they are not true officers. A true officer lives by the oath, to serve and protect, that they took when becoming an officer of the law. I know several officers and they do not uphold this disgusting behavior of these so called officers. I’m glad we don’t have that problem where we live. I pray that we never do. RIP to all the innocent black men who have lost their lives due to so called officers.

    • Ojukwu Emmanuel Ojukwu Emmanuel June 22, 2020

      Honestly, this is becoming unbecoming. This incessant oppression of blacks needs to be halted with immediate effect. The justice system as well doesn’t give severe punishment to the offenders, before you say jack Robinson they have been granted bail.

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