Norfolk, Va. – Friends and supporters of a Norfolk State student attacked by a police dog held a protest near NSU’s campus on Friday night. They say the police chief accepting responsibility isn’t enough.
London Colvin was bitten by a police dog when police responded to the report of a fight early Sunday morning. “Yes, the police chief took responsibility, but he wasn’t the one who released the dog on my girl,” said Tyrese Banks, Colvin’s friend. “Until we get that badge taken, those charges dropped, they can pay for her medical bills, the lawyer she has — that’s full justice for us.”
The protest followed a speaking event at NSU with attorneys for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, two unarmed teenagers killed in separate incidents. The cases brought national attention to the issue of excessive force.
The timing of the attorneys coming to campus was coincidental, but they had a strong message about police brutality, saying it needs to stop. “What mentality would an officer have to release a dog on a person who is already surrendered? I think there’s a mentality you want to make sure doesn’t exist within the whole department,” said Daryl Parks, one of the attorneys.
Chief Goldsmith says the department’s K-9 policy does need to change and is now reviewing it.
Her friends say Colvin is doing better, and hope she’ll return to campus soon. “We want her to come home safe,” said Banks.