Y'all Remember Baby Girl That Was Arrested At The Pool In Her Bikini? She Won A 148k Settlement

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  1. UniquelyDivine

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    It's been three years since the traumatizing image of then 15-year-old Dajerra Bectonbeing pinned down by a police officer's knee at a pool party circulated the internet, once again reigniting the conversation surrounding police violence against the black community.

    Following the incident, Becton sued the city of McKinney, Texas, as well as the officer involved. In May 2018, the Star-Telegram reports a $148,000 settlement was reached.

    Of course, the entire ordeal was super traumatic for Becton. Now, at 18-years-old, she has decided to reclaim her narrative in a cool way. Becton's attorney, Kim T. Cole, spoke with Teen Vogue and said she's throwing a "fabulous" pool party for Becton and the other teens detained with her in celebration of the settlement as well as their graduation.

    “My goal is to redo this experience,” Cole says. “Dajerria recently told me she hasn’t been swimming since the incident."

    “This girl will never be the same,” Cole noted. “Anyone who has been a teenage black girl knows how hard it is, and to have this type of negative publicity, in your bikini, shown all over the world. It tore her up. We don’t know who she would have been had this not happened.”

    Cole also clapped back at McKinney Mayor George Fuller, who referred to Becton as “a verbally abusive, disobedient girl.”

    "You’re not afraid of white people who pose an actual threat, who walk out of shooting up a church or a school without a scratch on them, but you are afraid of a black girl and her ‘tone’?” Cole said. “Watch the video – she never used a cuss word, never talked back to him – all she did was repeatedly ask someone to call her mama.”




    The party will be held on Saturday, June 23, and activists DeRay McKesson and Shaun King have been invited. According to Cole, the McKinney police "are not on the guest list."

    Cole also plans to raise money to provide scholarships for the detained teens. Donations can be directed to Kim T. Cole, 2770 Main Street, Suite 186, Frisco, Texas 75033.

    As for Becton's future? She will attend a local community college in the fall and plans to use the settlement money to start a business. She eventually wants to become a dentist.

    We're rooting for you, Dajerra!
     
  2. nysister

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    I wish her all the best and hope she uses the majority of that money for education and important life goals.

    I personally think she deserved much more.
     
  3. UniquelyDivine

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    I agree, she initially sued for 5 million but you know how that goes.
     
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    God bless that baby girl. I hope the party is epic and I hope she achieves her goal of becoming a dentist.
     
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    148k? Nah, that's not nearly enough! That poor child. Those poor children!
     
  6. TaraDyan

    TaraDyan Natural again ... this time for good!

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    I don't think $148K is nearly enough for the indignities she suffered. But she has the opportunity to apply this money towards her education and really improve her future.
     
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    Wow, I feel like that was just last year. Do you have to pay taxes on settlements?
     
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    I have been wondering whatever happened. I could barely breathe from anger, rage and fury when this happened. She deserves more, but I am glad she won and is continuing her education. I too hope she has the best pool party ever!
     
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    I hope that business she starts has something to do with being a dentist. She could spend less than 5k on the equipment needed to make dental molds, crowns and false teeth. Flip that money in a heartbeat.
     
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    I hope she succeeds! Great goals.
     
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    I wish her the best.
    She deserved a greater amount for enduring that which she did.
     
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    Not nearly enough. Sick of these pigs!
     
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    I agree she deserved more but I'm glad she got something buildable. I was so hurt for her. The racial and sexual undertones of her assault really struck me. I wish her the absolute best.

    Hopefully, the lady whose breast was exposed during arrest will win a more significant amount. I'm tired of our bodies not be honored.
     
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    She could’ve gotten more but trials can take forever and then people would start testifying to besmirch her for every minute thing she and her family have ever done. She’s young and no need getting wrapped in years of litigation.
     
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    :perplexed: I was hoping she'd get at least a million.
     
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    I hope she's able to really put they money to good use like college and doesn't have family members with their hands out. It's not alot of money and it's going to be easy to blow through
     
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    My guess is this is a settlement with a guaranteed payout. Municipalities are broke. If she had gotten a $5 million judgment she'd likely never see it. What cities do instead is go "hey...youll probably never see that $5million but if you settle for $50k you will have the money in 30 days then het lawyer likely negotiated up from there"
     
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    This made me so angry . Bastard
     
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    Goodt :afro:
     
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    i listened to a podcast that mentioned this city and it's a pretty wealthy area so i doubt their municipality is broke. They have money for what they want to spend it on.

    Anyway, ia it's not enough but i'm glad she got something. I wish her the absolute best for her future and she has a fun pool party
     
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    It should have been more but I'm glad she received some form of settlement money.
     
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    I didn’t read the whole thread but I hope the parents save it for college tuition.
     
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    Does that officer still have a job? Somebody please tell me he is no longer working in law enforcement.
     
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    Isn't she 18 or older now??? If so, the parents don't have any control.
     

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