Woman Claims Complaints Against Police Sparked Retaliation Charges
(Como, MS) Donna Taylor claims she was wrongfully accused, even wrongfully convicted.
Taylor is still angry 10 months after she was charged with Failure to Comply and Public Profanity for taking pictures of officers as they performed a traffic stop outside her apartment.
“I didn’t deserve those charges, and I didn’t deserve a fine for something I hadn’t done,” she said.
Charges were not brought against Taylor until after she filed a complaint against how she was treated by the officers.
She claims the officers did it because she wrote an opinion piece about their unjust police work in the black community.
“The Assistant Chief of Police has got to go,” said Taylor. “He is bending the law the way he wants, to carry out some vendetta he has against me.”
Taylor claims she was on the property of her apartment, 150 feet from where officers were doing their traffic stop. She says officers lied in court that she was 25 feet away.
Taylor filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union which in turn wrote a letter to the Chief of Police that the charges seemed like retaliation for Taylor’s complaints.
As a result, Chief Fred Boskey told us the department is taking steps to put all of their officers through, what he calls, sensitivity training.
“I’m not the first, but I plan on being the last one they do this to,” said Taylor.