Dyma Loving Arrest Goes Viral
Another day, another act of police aggression.
A Florida police officer was suspended for his actions during the arrest of 26-year-old Dyma Loving. Loving and her friend called the police to report that a neighbor pointed a shotgun at them after an exchange.
The Miami Herald reports that Officer Alejandro Giraldo claimed that Loving threated him before he and two other officers aggressively arrested her, but body cam footage showed that Loving never threatened him, spoke clearly and became agitated only after repeated questioning and threats from Officer Giraldo.
Prior to the body cam footage being released, cell phone video taken by Loving’s friend showed three officers roughly taking her down against a chain-link fence.
“I just said I wanted to call my kid… What do you not understand? I had a gun pointed in front of me… I need to go call my children. I don’t understand,” said Loving in the video as she’s escorted away in a squad car.
Loving and her friend Adrianna Green, 22, said they called police on March 5 after a man named Frank Tumm pointed a shotgun at them during an exchange where he called them “hookers” and one responded by calling him a “fa***t.”
Tumm was initially not arrested and told police he didn’t own a weapon.
The Herald adds that police revisited Frank Tumm’s home late Thursday night and took him into custody without incident. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight correctional center. His bond was set at $5,000.
Loving has since said she’ll think twice about calling cops for help in the future.
“I feel distraught and overwhelmed,” she told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. “Now, I don’t think I will ever call the police again.”
SMH, we’re sending best wishes to this brutalized black woman.