[Corrected title to say Prob(ation) instead of Parole]
Cross posted from Washblog article by Noemie Maxwell
Please come out and show support for Ms. Gaston. Her arraignment is Tuesday, 10/28/08, (tomorrow) at 9:00 AM at the Seattle Municipal Court, 600 Fifth Avenue, Third floor, Courtroom 302 at 9 AM. Court Contact: (206) 684-5600.
Yvonne Gaston, a juvenile probation counselor, decided early this September to help one of the children on her case load get school clothes. “Little did she know,” writes James Bible, president of the Seattle-King County branch of the NAACP, that her attempt to help him would lead to assault of a police officer charges.” James Bible describes what happened:
“Ms. Gaston has been a juvenile counselor for approximately 12 years. She has helped hundreds of children follow the right path. In early September she took a young man to Sears and helped him get school clothes with a clothing voucher. When she dropped the young man off at 23rd and Jackson she felt good about what she had done.
“Within five minutes, she received a frantic call from the young man. He explained to her that police officers had stopped him, taken the bag from him and told him that he had stolen the clothes. When Ms. Gaston talked to the officers on the phone the police responded by saying that the young man was “lippy” and that they were going to show him how they do it in the central district.
“Out of concern for the young man, Ms. Gaston went to 23rd and Jackson to bear witness to what was occurring. When she showed her badge and explained that the young man had not stolen any clothes, they forcefully grabbed her by the arm. The final result of the evening was that the young man that had hopes of going to school in new clothes the next day found himself in Juvenile Detention overnight.
“Ms. Gaston, an African American juvenile probation officer of 12 years, has always been there for the kids on her caseload. She was not arrested on that night. However, after she brought this issue to the public attention, she was inexplicably charged with assault. I have not met a single defense attorney who has had a client who was alleged to have committed an assault against a police officer that was not arrested at the scene…..Until now.
“Please come out and show support for Ms. Gaston. Her Arraignment is this Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. at the Seattle Municipal Court.”