In June, 2013, Your Black World reported on a young honor student by the name of Gabriella Calhoun who was beaten unconscious by members of the Bloomington, IL police department. After knocking out her front teeth, and further embarrassing the then 17 year old by walking her across a crowded parking lot with her breast exposed, they indicted her on 2 charges—aggravated battery to a peace officer and resisting a peace officer with injury to the officer. Each charge was a felony count which could’ve sent the promising college student to prison.
After a two year wait and careful deliberation, a jury of 9 woman and 3 men found Gabriella not guilty on all charges.
In an exclusive interview with Your Black World, Montana Calhoun, the mother of Gabriella told us that she is just happy that the trial is finally over.
“Gabriella is just relieved that this over and she is feeling blessed. She wants to get back to school and get her degree.”
Montana said that throughout the trial her daughter handled herself very well.