The Daily Grind Video



I watched astounded, as two uniformed police officers manhandled a bloodied, teenage, young black male.  I could not believe what I was seeing.  I have since read that the two grown men choked and beat 14-year-old Trevor Casey so badly that his own mother, Karen, was unable to recognize him afterwards.  He was not a “thug,” he was a child.  He could’ve been yours’ or mine.  I am not trying to rush to judgment against the police officers, but it was clear from the video that something obviously went wrong.

Writ large in the video, a metaphor: an overly aggressive and out of touch system using excessive force on our youth and our communities.

But the video tells a larger story than the violent incident visited upon the Caseys of Toledo, OH. It’s a story about the on-going conflict across our country between our communities and the agencies created to police them.  Too often, these victims are black males.  This is important to note since I’ve come to realize that, because this incident has been largely overlooked by the mass media, and also because it’s dawned on me that our children may not be safe.

As a mother of two beautiful daughters and another child on the way, I am horrified at the way that our young black males are stereotyped; viewed as negligible and disposable and destined for trouble.  Mortified, then, is a good word to describe my reaction at having seemingly witnessed an attack on thin-limbed Trevor, who can’t weigh more than 115 lbs – including his non-threatening attire: summer shirt and wind shorts.

I’m writing this in support of Trevor and Karen Casey and anyone else who has suffered at the hands of those who have a sworn duty to protect and honor them.  I’m also championing anyone who is working towards ending brutality – including law enforcement personnel who do the right thing for their agencies and their communities.   However, I hope we stop for a moment and begin to analyze or explore why these confrontations continue to occur and what’s being done to stop them.

Until justice is served in this matter, we should all be vigilant in holding accountable not only those who use their authority and force to undermine our rights as citizens – but also all of the officials, officers and citizens who let them get away with it.

A fund has been established to aid the Caseys in their legal proceedings and I am pleased to contribute and encourage you all to do so, as well. Any amount you can give will help.  No amount is too small. 

Please make checks to:  The Trevor Casey Legal Defense Fund

Mail to:

The Trevor Casey Legal Defense Fund

c/o Ronny L. Wingate, Esq.

1119 Adams Street, 2nd Floor

Toledo, OH 43604

If you email your name and amount, we will put it up on the lsit below.


Love & Light,



Donations Received So Far

Kimora Lee Simmons, $1000

Mike S., $50

Joselyn T., – $5

M. V. – $50

Honey – $75

Sourma K. – $20

Russell Simmons, $1000

Aahmek – $100

Larry H – $20

Blogxilla – $20

JoJo Simmons – $20

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