On February 27, 2011, a fight started in a local gay bar called Club Eden; the fight dispersed rather quickly and was over by the time officers arrived on scene. A gay woman had been attacked by a straight male in the club. He was escorted out, but the female was being escorted to the bathroom as she was bleeding from her head. As I stood in disbelief, I saw the female who was attacked come back through the doorway with her hands up and heard a popping sound – it was a taser. I knew the female; her name is Michael Roman and she is my ex-girlfriend. As I saw this happening, I ran to that side to tell the officers that she had heart trouble and electrocuting her could kill her. Officer Berryman raised his service weapon, pointed it at me, and said, “Stand down.” I had my hands in the air and took a step back, begging him to stop, and suddenly I heard a pop.
My face felt like it was on fire. I had no idea what had happened at the time, but I grabbed my face on the left side and felt my middle finger slide into a large hole. As I looked at my hand, blood was dripping down my arm. I looked at him and said, “What the fuck did you just do?” I got dizzy and fell to the floor as he grabbed the manager of the club, who was my friend, and asked if the video cameras were on – before he even called for an ambulance, as I laid there dying. (I did die, and was paddled back by EMS.) My life flashed before me. I was sad. I saw my own body being worked on on the floor of a club. I was in and out of consciousness and remember the paramedic saying, “We got her back.” He said, “Honey, you’ve been shot, we’re taking you to the hospital.” In my head, I wondered, “How did I get shot?” I was on a breathing machine and spent days on life support. Three years later, I’m under constant doctor’s care, there is shrapnel throughout my head, I’ve had reconstructive surgeries to repair my damaged ear canal. I had no hearing for two years, and have vertigo, which I will have forever.
The officer lied to the grand jury to avoid going to jail. Now, in the civil trial, he’s changed his statement four times, and so has his partner, to cover his ass. This is finally going to trial in a civil suit, though. Mind you, he has been promoted and given a raise. I lost my job, my insurance, my hearing, and he lives on his life; mine is constant doctors and brain surgeons. His version of the story changes all the time, but I and my twenty-three witnesses all have the same recollection of the story. May justice prevail, as court is soon, and may he finally pay the price for ruining my life!
Kimberley Diamond Brooks
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Date of Interaction: February 27, 2011
Police Employees Involved: Officer Raymond Berryman and Officer Mark Rawla
Police Employees’ Contact Information: Webster Police Department, TX (281) 332-2426
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