Don't Prosecute Victim of Rogue Cops

  • by: Linda Moore
  • recipient: Wayne County Community College District Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery

On July 30th a college professor was attacked and injured by a few campus police officers, shortly after teaching a math class.  His crime?  Taking pictures and handing out campaign literature.  To this day authorities have refused to prosecute, or even investigate, his attackers.  Meanwhile, he continues to be prosecuted for trespassing even though he wasn’t breaking any law, and he was at his place of employment in an area open to the public.

The professor, Scott Boman (BKA Scotty), teaches mathematics and physics at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) in Detroit, MI.  At the time he was a candidate for Detroit City Clerk.  Since there was an on-site absentee voting place on campus, Scotty decided to stop by there after teaching class. He took pictures of signs that were posted by the incumbent City Clerk; he thought they violated campaign rules that other candidates had to follow.  Apparently, a campus police officer didn’t like this, so she started harassing Scotty and called on a few other officers to join her.  So Scotty walked over to where volunteers for other candidates were handing out literature.

As soon as Scotty attempted to hand out some of his campaign literature the same woman tried to stop him by swatting his hand. When he complained, he was jumped by other officers who took him away in cuffs.  Knowing he was scheduled to speak at a candidate forum, they held him prisoner until the forum was almost over.  During his captivity, they cuffed Scotty in a torturous position that has caused long-term damage to his wrist.  They decided to charge him with trespassing even though he was in a public area at his place of work.

They are trying to prosecute the victim of police violence of trespassing at a school he teaches at, right after his class dismissed, in a public place. Any charge like this would be on his permanent record, no one knows what trouble it could bring in the future. He never should have been charged with any crime.

Tell Wayne County Community College District Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery to drop charges against Professor Scott Boman.

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