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May072008

Federal Lawsuit to Challenge Law Enforcement on Ignoring Crimes Against Black Women and Girls:Romona Moore

"Lady, why are you calling here? Your daughter is 21. These officers should not have taken the report in the first place." Detective to Romona Moore's Mother upon reporting her missing.

Y'all break my heart about three times a week with another tip about the immoral indifference to the carnage committed against African American women and girls in this country. We've covered countless cases where HORRIFIC crimes against humanity and nature are committed against Black women in this country and those crimes are ignored by Black "leaders", underreported by the media ( that means black media and mainstream media), and minimized by thse seeking to protect their perpetrators.

Sean Gardiner of the Village Voice just did a story about Romona Moore, a classic example of how Black women and girls are treated when they go missing.
NYPD Inaction Over a Missing Black Woman Found Dead Sparks a Historic Racial-Bias Lawsuit
Police blew off the story of a young black woman who vanished. She was tortured and murdered. Now, a court ruling has reopened the case on bias grounds. Village Voice
In a case that could be an example for advocates of missing and murdered black women everywhere, Romona's family has cleared the first hurdle in pursuing a federal lawsuit against the NYPD for denying Romona and other Black victims of equal protection of the law... ie, the NYPD investigates missing White women, but appears to ignore similar reports of missing Black women and girls. Romona was a 21 year old college student when she was grabbed off of the street and dragged into a house, raped and tortured for days. She was paraded in front of a group of people, none of which bothered to call police or her family. She was eventually found after the family launched their own amateur investigation. Her mother was blown off by law enforcement.

Now what you have to understand is months earlier another woman went missing, a White woman and this was the NYPD's response:
The day after Aronov vanished, police launched a massive search for her and the cocker spaniel, Bim, she had taken for a walk. The NYPD called a press conference, assigned two dozen detectives to the case full-time, and went door to door, passing out flyers with pictures of Aronov and Bim on them. The cops traced the Aronovs' phone and bank records and analyzed surveillance tape gathered from stores and apartment buildings near her home. A police van emblazoned with the department's 800 tip-line number drove around her neighborhood, blaring details of her disappearance over a loudspeaker. A letter was sent to rare-books dealers, a business the Aronovs dabbled in. Detectives reportedly even consulted a psychic. Village Voice
The story of Ramona is a story about law enforcement ignoring her. But what perhaps is the saddest and heart breaking is that before she died, Ramona was put on display for a parade of people. None of which bothered to dial 911. They saw her. Looked her in the face, or what was left of it as she was forced to repeat what was done to her and then they went about their lives.
Read the full story of the tragic details of her torture and death and the reaction from those who could have saved her life but chose not to.

When I was growing up as a little Black girl in the south, I had a pretty good education in the horrors that could befall a Black person if they found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Race-based hate crimes aren't anything new. But I was completely ignorant about the pervasive rape, torture and killing of Black women in this country---BY OTHER BLACK PEOPLE!!!! Not only that, but I apparently had more hope and faith in my fellow man and woman. I grew up in a place where if you heard screams of agony coming from the house next door, you called the police. The death of a human being is a tragedy. The death of our collective humanity to the point where we ignore the screams of our neighbors or look at the brutalized body of a woman and walk away and go on a road trip...there aren't words to describe that.

Somebody send me a story about there being some hope left for humanity. Tell me that the psychopathic and the apathetic are not taking over completely. AARGH!


Read Previous Posts:
Why Aren't the Lives of Black Women Treasured

11-year-old Raped By up to 19 Men and Boys
Maybe Black Women Should Be Pit Bulls in Our Next Life
National Day of Shame:Immoral Indifference to Dunbar Village

Reader Comments (39)

I am amazed by the last paragraph of the story:

Detective Wayne Carey has since been removed from the 67th Precinct. He was promoted to the Brooklyn South Homicide task force for helping to solve Romona's murder.

May 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSymphony

I ache from the depths of my very soul.

May 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersister k

Gina,

I think you and the readers of WAOD can help Romona's mother, Ms. Carmichael, in her quest for justice! You specialize in reporting assaults on Black women and children which get little attention from the the news media and the police. This recurring pattern of discrimination is what Ms. Carmichael is trying to prove!
We all know it is true!
How can we help her PROVE that it happens in New York City?
Does someone have a file of NYC stories like this? What if we show that it is a nationwide pattern, including NYC?

By the way. Ms. Carmichael lives near me in Canarsie. Romona attended Hunter College, and they have named a scholarship in her honor.

We can do it!

Barry

May 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersevenofnine

Jeez... what ANIMALS.

Ms. Carmichael is right - not even human. I couldn't get past page 3 (at least not tonight) but I am glad that this lawsuit is going forward and I will pass the word on. I live in the NY area and I am only a little surprised that this is the first time I am hearing about it.

May 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNichelle

I read the article this afternoon, and I actually had to go outside and take a walk.

I have many friends in Carnarsie (I used to go to church there) who are all understandably extremely upset by this. There is no protection for black women from rape and other forms of violence.

It seems like it gets worse every year.

Black women must stick together and learn to look out for each other. What will it take to realize that it's open season on black girls?

Those animals knew if they had abducted Susie McNextDoor they would have been hunted down like the dogs that they are.

Notice their complete narcissism though: "Why aren't WE in the news?" It was a matter of time before they would have chosen a white girl to in order to get their 'props'.

May they burn in hell. And don't expect to hear this story on the 6:00, either.

May 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSheCodes

Wow, this is a serious reality check.

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterfaith

I have no words. I cried and cried. I am hurting...

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiriam

I think Romando Jack (the last person reportedly to see Romona) should be charged with a crime also. Normal people don't see something like that and go to a shower and not at call the police. He could called the police anonymously from Maryland.

And why in the hell did that cop get promoted for this case-he didn't do a damn thing.

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLeLe Hill

I remember this story, while it was not on national news it was on local news, I think only the UPN news really kept up with it but it does seem like a more black focused newscast than the others.
I don't know why the guy who lived in Maryland didn't report it, he could have reported it and went back home, those idiots most likely wouldn't have found him or even looked for him, they were so dumb they actually thought kidnapping a black girl in Brooklyn would get them media attention.

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNaima

Absolutely horrific and absolutely true: black women are not given appropriate police protection or media exposure in the face of life-threatening danger. I am so ecstatic that this lawsuit is moving to the next level. It's ridiculous that it takes a new law to protect all humans on this earth, but it's looking like that's the case.

The next step will be to figure out why ALL women - black, white, red, yellow, blue and purple - are being treated like human garbage by our male counterparts. THAT is the true tragedy. Yes, the police are at fault for their handling of Romona's case, but the true fault lies in the heart of men. And the women who raise them. Let's make change now. Check out NOWNYC.

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

kristen,

Pardon me for telling you that you are full of excrement.

You know damn well that had Ramona been white MSM would have picked it up and we'd still be hearing about it. As a matter of fact, the whole crime may have een avoided because I can GUARANTEE that racist NYPD would have taken the call and been feverishly seeking Ramona's killers.

NOW has a reputation for being just as indifferent towards black female crime victims as the "hearts of men"; you're delusional if you think otherwise.

I'll speak for me by stating that if you are a black woman and a NOW member ask them about their silence on Dunbar Village. Ask them about their silence when it comes to BLACK WOMEN being exploited. Don't settle for a scripted answer either.

NOW is just like every other majority white social justice organiztion (AND MAJORITY male CONTROLLED BLACK ORGANIZATIONS); dysfunctional, self-limiting, self-protecting, and self-perpetuating.

How dare you insult Ramona's memory by trying to get folks to check out NOW.

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

Question to ask New Yorkers: how many of the people who are getting arrested for the Sean Bell case would do the same for this girl?

How many NYC NOW members are willing to walk black girls home from school to make sure that they are safe?

**crickets chirping**

Sigh. Thought so.

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSheCodes

I don't understand how Jack wasn't charged with some type of crime for seeing a crime in progress but never doing anything to notify the police (even anonymously). If you read other websites, this jack ass had to be forced to come back and testify. Part of his testimony was that Romona pleaded with him to help her. What a beast.

Is there nothing that can be done to petition Legislators to change the law so that such miscreants can be charged if they do nothing?

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Kayden

I believe that jack (ass) can be charged with depraved indifference.

I personally want to slap him.

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSheCodes

Slapping him isn't enough. I want to kick his ass.

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

@ BlkSeaGoat

I have heard the quote of 2008:

"Pardon me but you are full of excrement."

*LOL*

Now THAT is classic...

You need to write a book with all of your one-liners!! *LOL*

This witness reminds me of David Cash in the Sherrice Iverson case in Nevada in the 90s. Knew his friend Strohmeyer was raping and murdering a little girl and didn't try to intervene or get help. I don't even think he was charged; instead he enrolled in one of CAs top schools, if I remember. Probably has a six-figure position about now with his own family. And Sherrice is forgotten.

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSharon Cullars

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May 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYA76OO

While I can understand the emotions that this post evokes, do try to keep the focus on Romona and not on each other. Give other posters the benefit of the doubt.It seems antithetical that we would be mourning the loss of life at the hands of those who have no character, no values, and no standards, yet demonstrate none of our own in the comments section.

Also, let's try not to let this thread devolve into 101 ways to punish the guy who walked away and suffice it to say, we want him to feel tremendous pain.

Regarding people marching for Sean Bell and not marching for Romona or any victim of Black on Black crime for that matter, anytime any of y'all want to, y'all can try to shut down the Brooklyn Bridge as well or go attend one of Sharpton's sit ins and ask the assembled media if they are going to report on Romona. Or better yet, write letters to the NYT editorial board asking them why they have not covered Romona's case as extensively as others or each of the local stations and poitn out that when it comes to the vitimcs of Black on Black crime, nobody marches for them.

I was watching a movie about the live of Alice Paul, save me a litany about white feminists and all their faults, but she was bold enough to picket the white house during war time and went to prison instead of paying a fine. She also went on a hunger strike and was forcefed the result of the publicity surrounding her plight led the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.

If Sharpton, the NAACP, NOW, SCLC, CHIPS, DIPS, and SALSA are not going to march for Black women and girls, we are goign to have to and I will be glad to cover it on WAOD.

We know you are angry, so what are you going to do about it? DOnate to the Romona Moore Scholarsihp Fund, challenge mainstream media, picket outside of NAN, NAACP, NOW, SCLC, NYPD? I don't care what it is, but it is clear to me that no one is going to take up this cross for Black women and girls in this country.

Nobody else is going to take up the cross on behalf of Black women and girls in this country. So what are we going to do about it? Romona's family took an amazing step by drawing a line in the sand. what are we going to to in response to their tremendous act of courage?

May 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterg-e-m2001

blkseagoat is right, it is about race. There have been a few cases where the NYPD has done high profile searches of white women who get drunk at bars and end up leaving without their friends and turn up missing.
I am not saying they deserved to get killed, but there are basic percautions one needs to take when going out

May 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNaima

I remember hearing and seeing the Ramona Moore tragedy on the news. My heart broke and I literally cried over this girl I did not even know.

Imette St. Guillen, a John Jay college student was kidnapped, raped and killed right around that time and the press was going CRAZY over it. But with Ramona, it was like 'ho hum'.

I guess society in general really thinks that black girls and women are not worthy of concern and protection. I guess they really believe that we are over-sexed, chock-full-of-attitude humans that are a dime a dozen.

This must be the exclamation because why in the world are missing and killed white woman so much more 'tragic' than a missing or murdered black woman?

I can't even finish this comment. This is making me upset as a type it...

May 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatrina

after reading this. It really hurt my feelings. I'm really in agony over this.

May 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteryoshi3329

I work for the New York City Department of Education. I am an attendance teacher. I investigate students who do not attend school. Many times I have children (mostly) girls who are runaways or otherwise do not return home from school. I work in predominately poor Black and Latino communities. Many parents report these children to the missing to their neighborhood precinct. The police do not report these as missing or runaway but domestic disputes. Thus the children are search for and parents have no paperwork to make law enforcement look for their daughters. As attendance teachers we complain to our supervisors, administrators as well as other New York City agencies such as human resource administration and Administration for Children Services --no avail. In fact the Administration for Children Services (ACS) is well aware that the NYPD do no report black and latino school children as missing children. ACS says that the NYPD do not do file the missing reports because they do not want to be bother in filling out the paperwork necessary for missing children. I lie to you not about that. Other related agencies such as foster care agencies and ACS themselves do not report children as missing or runaway. Thus leaving the parents powerless to get their daughters back home.

May 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura J.

This needs to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, but they have already ruled that the police have no special duty to protect anybody from crime.

May 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentervongosux

There is a nationwide pattern of valuing white women above all other women of other races, and above all males. The prejudice against males is encoded into law at the national level.

May 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentervongosux

Dear Gina,

Once again, I wish we could help Romona's Moore's mother, Elle Carmichael, win her case against the New York City Police Dept, NYPD, but I'm not sure if we can!

The best evidence in Ms. Carmichael's behalf, so far, has been provided by blogger
Laura J, who identifies herself as an attendance teacher for the NYC Dept. of (Mis) Education.
Laura J says:

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In fact the Administration for Children Services (ACS) is well aware that the NYPD does not report black and latino school children as missing children. ACS says that the NYPD does not file the missing reports because they do not want to be bothered in filling out the paperwork necessary for missing children!
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If this is true for missing Black and Latino children, who are assumed to be more vulnerable, what efforts can we expect "the authorities" to make for missing Black and Latino adults? (Romona Moore was 21.)

I'm sure Mrs Carmichael's attorney would be very interested in Laura J's comments,
but he will need more evidence if he is to win her case.

Let's look at what happened to IMETTE ST. GUILLEN! Thanks to Blogger Katrina for recalling this sister for us!. Like Romona, Imette was an adult Black woman (age 24) who attended college .
Unlike Romona however, Imette was missing for only 16 HOURS, before she was found murdered on February 27, 2006. (Katrina, this was three years AFTER Romona's murder.)

Someone called the police with an anonymous tip as to where to find Imette's body.
We all know that it is much easier to solve a case when the police have the body!
Imette's case still took NYPD three weeks to solve, about the same length of time as Ramona's.
The reason they took so long, even after finding the body, was because the owners of a Manhattan bar called "The Falls" where Imette was last seen, MICHAEL AND DANIEL DORRIAN, obstructed the police investigation for more than TWO WEEKS, by witholding vital facts about her murderer. The murderer, DARRYL LITTLEJOHN, was a convicted felon who worked for Mr. Dorrian as a bouncer at his bar. This is against the law!

Like RAMUNDO JACK, the 19yo tatooed, gang member? friend of Romona's young murderer TROY HENDRIX, also 19, who spoke to Romona when she was lying under a blanket with her hands and feet mutilated, chained around the neck ... and didn't report what he saw, the Dorrian's were never indicted or charged!
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During the news conference, (Brooklyn DA) CHARLES J. HYNES was asked about the role of Daniel Dorrian, a relative of the bar's co-owner, who law enforcement officials said changed his story and stymied the investigation; after initially saying that Ms. St. Guillen had left the bar unaccompanied that night, Mr. Dorrian later told investigators that he had ordered Mr. Littlejohn to remove Ms. St. Guillen from the bar at closing time.

"I've been lied to before," Mr. Hynes said, shrugging off any suggestion that Mr. Dorrian had seriously impeded the police. "I'll get over it."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/24/nyregion/24dead.html

Here is someone else who didn't care enough to make a difference!

As you know, Romona's murder took place at 5807 Snyder Ave, Brooklyn, in a house owned by Troy Hendrix's aunt and uncle. Troy was "living" in the basement.
Aunt and uncle lived upstairs.
At the time of Romona's murder Troy was holding another kidnapped young woman
in the basement with her. We know the other young woman only as "the 15 yo" because of her age. and because she survived! As you know, from the Village Voice article,

"The girl escaped after the men fell asleep by licking the duct tape off her mouth and then chewing through the tape on her hands."

When the 15 yo ran upstairs to Troy's aunt, MRS. WALLACE, pleading for help, Mrs. Wallace wouldn't let her in. Instead she screamed, waking up the boys who recaptured her. The boys Troy Hendrix, and his accomplice Kayson Pearson tied the 15yo in a chair with a chain around her body, and shoe laces tied together on feet, and tape over her mouth and eyes, and told her that they killed the other girl as a warning so she cooperated. She could have died, but lived to run away again. Like the bar tender Dorrian, Troy's aunt and uncle were never indicted for the criminal activities which they allowed to take place on their premises..

(I learned about these details from the ABC telvision series NYPD 24/7, which documented the
the Romona Moore case in 2004, and released it on video in 2005!

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/14893/abc-news-presents-nypd-24-7/

It's still in stock on Amazon!)

I pray that calling out the DANIEL DORRIAN'S, and the RAMUNDO JACK'S, and the MRS. WALLACE'S and District Attorneys like CHARLES J. HYNES and RICHARD BROWN
(of the Sean Bell Case), will help us to overcome, (as you say) the PATHOLOGICAL SELF SERVING APATHY which in the FIVE YEARS since Romona was tortured to death, still pervades our society at every level! We must raise our voice against the acceptance of torture by this current administration!

Peace and Blessings!

Barry

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersevenofnine

Nobody else is going to take up the cross on behalf of Black women and girls in this country. So what are we going to do about it? Romona's family took an amazing step by drawing a line in the sand. what are we going to to in response to their tremendous act of courage?

The truth is that each case just repeats what we already know ie indifference to bw. We need to define this as a a concept then encode and enshrine this repeating theme/pattern in mainstream knowlege and then in law. We need it to be a concept much as possible distinct from every other for more effect. Once 'indifference to bw' becomes a concept, then legally, punitve measures can be attached to it.

Some groups have done the work to conceptualise their issues and are reaping benefits. This is the kind of strategic thinking we need. Imagine Jaywalking being a concept with law attached!

the law changes to reflect issues affecting citizens but there are lobby groups, legal wizs and academicians, media people strategically working to push an issue into consideration. Black folks, we fear the law and dont really engage with the process of shaping it. We see the law as handed down like from mount sinai instead of something we all contribute to.

We need to surround and protect Romona case with lawyers, academicians and as much fund and ensure that it achieves its end, because there in might lie all we need to further our objectives.

let me know where to send a cheque.

Note: If i have got the legal system all wrong i apologise. I am not too famaliar with the USA legal system and speak from a very different legal context!

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHalima

I got physically ill from reading that article.

Detective Carey was PROMOTED for solving Ramona's murder!??

Are they fucken serious?? I cannot believe the disdain our society has for black women. This was a young girl going to college, minding her own business and the police, the media (even now) didn't give a hoot about what happened to her.

That boy who saw her and said nothing should be charged as well (as far as I am concerned). He was too scared to make a fucken phone call? Too scared to call, even though, he was safely away from the two depraved murderers??

Bullshit!

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterN. Mahana

P.S. Here is some shocking evidence which I believe may help Mrs. Carmichael to win her case in court!

Last week, the New York Civil Liberties Union announced that:
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"In 2007, the NYPD stopped nearly 469,000 New Yorkers. Eighty-eight percent were found completely innocent of any wrongdoing. The racial disparity in the stop-and-frisk encounters is almost identical to the disparity in marijuana arrests: Though they make up only a quarter of the city's population, more than half of those stopped were black."
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http://www.nyclu.org/node/1736

If the NYPD is so busy searching more than 1,000 Black & Latino men every day, do they have the manpower (or will) to search for a missing Black woman or child, especially as blogger Laura J says, a foster child? The massive racial profiling of people of color in New York City, has created a barrier to the GOOD WILL in the community, which the police must have when searching for a missing person!

This same year, in 2007, there was another young woman, age 18, who was KIDNAPPED and HELD CAPTIVE
here in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for more than TEN DAYS. Her family flooded the neighborhood with posters, but did the police make finding her a priority, they way they do searching their daily quota of 1000 random Black & Latino men? Troy Hendrix tortured Romona Moor for about SIX DAYS, before he killed her! By the time the police felt pressured enough to start looking for Romona, she was dead or almost dead!

Fortunately this for this young woman, a good samaritan, not the police, rescued rescued her, when her kidnapper and torturer, ANTHONY FLOWERS, tried to pimp her out on the street! She was very lucky!

http://www.nypost.com/seven/01232007/news/regionalnews/bklyn_sex_slave_regionalnews_jamie_schram__john_mazor_and_alex_ginsberg.htm

Thank you Gina, for standing by Mrs. Carmichael. She is fighting for ALL OF OUR DAUGHTERS! Happy Mother's Day!

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersevenofnine

blkseagoat

YOU are soooo right! NOW is fucken fake! Fake ass *expletive* that only care about the concerns of feminist white women. Like they have ever taken up the causes of black women...yeah right!

Excuse my language but I'm mad as hell. It is appaulling to read shit like that knowing overall our issues as black women are being ignored.

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterN. Mahana

might I suggest bypassing the gov whenever possible and privatizing?

Can BW be detectives for themselves? Can we have watchdogs? I'm only putting these things out (not for you Gina, but for anyone else)

Honestly, I don't have much money to contribute to things and I am very far away, but I am sure there is something I can do and that we all can do.

Its not enough to shake our heads about these issues anymore. (talking more to myself here).

I know it takes coming out of our comfort zone. That's the real hard part.

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMiriam

To think that I am a walk, bus or train ride away from real harm and danger is too much. I am here in New York City and although I have lived in other parts of the world there is no place like home. This tragedy reminds me that although I have left and now returned these streets still hold mean, crazy and just plain evil folk lurking and they are all too often are own. I look around my neighborhood as I commute and I can feel the rage and restlessness of those who are tempted to do the unthinkable. I admit that sometimes I exist in a desensitized state while other moments catch me fearful, but most days I am determined to keep walking, who made up her mind a long time ago as young girl that I will go down fighting, praying, but fighting. My heart hurts because I know as we all do it could me and so I am holding on to my rage.. Enough has to be enough.

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersister k

I tell ya Gina, I gotta be in a strong mood to read this blog. I live a few miles northeast of Trenton and Philly. Black folks are on some serious killing sprees!

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A college student was missing in Trenton. In this case, the mother is white, the daughter mixed. Because the mother was persistent the city "found" her daughter. Her body was in the morgue for an entire year - after it was found. Supposedly, she OD on drugs.

The city had her body, the exact description (tatoos, clothing, etc.), and they never had the decency to tell the mom they found her. Some cops were punished.

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGoldenAh

A friend sent me the link to the Voice article and I was sickened when I got just a few paragraphs in.

I had to build up my courage to finish reading it by the end of the day. It took me all day.
I was so sad for this girl. So sad and frustrated for her Mum, and just frightened at the thought that this could happen to me.

This hit really close to home geographically and I had never heard of this case.

Something so horrrific transpired right in my neck of the woods and I was completely unaware.

So may people failed this girl. The police should be ashamed to even dispute this lawsuit and have this filthy laundry brought to the public eye.

Stunning part is, they'll get away with this behaviour...again!

I can't even begin to discuss the perpetrators or the visitors to their human petting zoo who never called the police.

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTrudy

That is a few blocks from my Aunt's and right down the street from several schools. My god...
I guess because black girls are such easy targets and no one cares about them its easier for black men to kill them. This one really shook me up.
http://www.hairsmystory.com" REL="nofollow">hairsmystory.com

Shecodes was so right. Would they walk for this poor young lady like they did for shaun bell? Would they go to jail to bring attention to the horrific crimes that befall innocent black women everyday? My heart aches from crying over this poor young woman in the prime of her life who is taken, tortured and killed by the very men in her community SHE ShOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COUNT ON! Men in the community are supposed to protect the women there not rape and murder them! I'm so sad right now, I just don't know what to do with all this pain. And for that bastard who did absolutely nothing to be promoted! It's like sand in the wounds. Gina, what can we do? How can we protect black women and girls? Evia said it would be open season on black women and girls and she was so right....

May 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor-Sara

GOLDENAH made a comment that might help Romona's mother, Mrs. Carmichael, win her case. (GOLDENAH, do you have a link?)

Mrs. Carmichael is a very smart and persistent woman, and her case will change the way police, in New York and other cities, deal with runaways and missing persons.

Right now, there are many thousands of runaway and missing, prostituted children, girls and BOYS too, below and above the age of 16, on the streets of New York, Philadelphia, and especially Atlanta, which has been called the child prostitution capitol of the world!
(Did you know that?)
In New York, there MAY BE be only ONE OR TWO officers in the entire city looking for prostituted children. Compare this once again, to the more than ONE THOUSAND Black men who are racially profiled and searched EVERY DAY, in New York!
This Mother's Day weekend, one of them was the highest ranking Black Police Commander in the city, DEPUTY CHIEF DOUGLAS ZIEGLER. Chief Ziegler was ordered out of his car to be searched by detectives, while he stopped to pick up his clothes from the cleaners:

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2008/05/10/2008-05-10_plainclothes_officers_in_trouble__didnt_.html

Mrs. Carmichael's case is not about Detective Wayne Carey who started to search for her missing daughter after she was already dead! It is about Police Department POLICY which is to ignore cases like Romona's!
Mrs. Carmichael's case is intended to FORCE the police change their priorities!

By the way, Sean Gardner who wrote the Village Voice cover story about Romona Moore this week, also wrote last week's cover story about how:

THE NYPD 'WEEDS' OUT BLACKS AND LATINOS,

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0818,weeding-out-blacks-and-latinos,427158,2.html

The two stories are one and the same!

May 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersevenofnine

Hello SEVENOFNINE and the rest of the WAOD family. This is Laura, the New York DOE Attendance Teacher. Yes I did contact Ms Carmicheal's lawyer and relayed the information to him. He is suppose to get back to me. I did it right after I made the above post. Some times I feel very powerless about our situation as Black Women but this one of the few times I did not.

I am a former academic feminist. Getting married having children, getting divorced and working far away from the ivory tower and other affiliated institutions changed all of that. Though I love reading the works of great Black feminist thinkers and find there as great disconnect between black feminist/womanist and black women activists. We need to get together somehow.

Forget the fat cats who make a living pimping black mother's misery of losing their children to the injustice system. Forget the white heterosexual middle class privilege feminist who coop and usurp our work for their own gain and notoriety. Forget them altogether. What are we going to do about our daughter. I have three daughters and there are days. Yes there are days I say to myself. If my daughters are lesbian, become nuns and live in the convent then it will be all good.

That is sad but that is what crosses my mind every now and then. How can we come together.

May 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLaura J.

Hello, my name is David Locklin and I live in Washington DC. (YEP) The Nations Capitol and my Daughter SAVINIA DENISE GILMORE has been missing since Wednesday May 14th at around 2:30 Pm was when I last heard from her by cell phone and here is Saturday the 17th of may at 1:45pm. and I STILL HAVENT HAD MY VISIT FROM A MISSING PERSON DETECTIVE YET. And My Daughter is only 15 and is labeled missing person critical due to her age. If this is suppose to be the nations capitol how could be happening Ill tell you why its probably because my daughter is Afro American and in this politically enhanced town we consider our Afro American children as cattle and they come a DIME A DOSZEN, and just another in the ever growing list of our missing children. My daughter is an Honor Roll student in school. If this is to be leadership of our mayor (Mayor Adrian M. Fenty) click link to view http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayor_of_Washington,_D.C. watch out DC. Don’t Get Me Wrong I’m not bashing the city yet but the system is broken and broken bad. If there is such a thing as justice where is it after all I pay my state taxes which pays everyone that I’m asking help from I have little patients in this matter as this is my youngest daughter. It’s seens ironic that our new chief of police of Washington DC. Is a Female (New Chief OF Police Cathy L. Lanier with a salary of $175,000.00 Plus CLICK LINK TO READ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/03/AR2007040301675.html If I do not get justice by Monday I will be calling the press and setting up conferences and the will have to answer for the reason why this lack of attention is so. I’ll be back here to let the world know how things go. Please if you have any comments or questions feel free to drop me a line at dlocklin41@yahoo.com or dlocklin41@gmail.com

May 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSavinia .G Father

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