We need to teach our young kids that just because something happens on private property or anywhere for that matter that if you do something wrong there ARE consequences! Here is a letter from Paris' Grandmother:
I am hopeful that someone – anyone – will be able to help me, my grandson, and our entire community with the injustice that has been thrust upon us by our local police department’s head: Chief Weir.
On September 16, 2012, my 11 year old grandson, Paris Collins, sustained life threatening injuries:broken collar bone, broken elbow, cranial hemotoma ( blood clot ) and numerous abrasions and contusions too many to list. These injuries were doled out by a young man in our community, a 14 year old boy who is currently on probation for his outbursts and who has terrorized myriad kids in our community. Although the boy is only 14 and, of course, does not hold a driver’s license, he intentionally and maliciously ran over my grandson with his parents’ car. Not only did the 14 yr old run over my grandson once, he shifted the car and barreled into my grandson, who lay unconscious on the pavement, a second time. A Second Time. The car ended up parked on top of Paris. On top of his abdomen. Neighbors rushed to his aid and had to jack the car up to free my grandson before emergency medical responders could rush him to the emergency room. During the time, the 14 yr old was visibly angry and was overheard saying that my grandson “has pissed [him] off” and that he “better not get in trouble for this” and “better not end up back in juvie”. Never once did the 14 yr old appear sympathetic or remorseful. Instead, he remained overcome with anger and concerns about himself. In fact, even now, he, nor his family has even checked to make sure Paris is alive.
A couple of months ago, the 14 yr old broke my grandson’s collarbone by hitting him after he claimed Paris had “talked shit and deserved it”. The 14 yr old's tirades have extended to multiple kids in our community where his fury and violence has both, adults and children, afraid to stand up to him.
Unfortunately, our chief of police, Chief Weir, has refused to intervene and has called the incident “roughplay”. His refusal is absolute despite the fact that there were more than a dozen witnesses to the event, witnesses who have offered to give statements and even testify if that is necessary. I could accept this incident as roughhousing if it was an isolated incident, if the 14 yr old had only run over my grandson once, if other children hadn’t witnessed the 14 yr old go into the house to get the keys, look straight at my grandson and stomp on the accelerator. I could accept it as “roughplay” if 14 yr old hadn’t then shifted the car and jammed on the gas pedal a second time. This was not an accident. This was not play. This was not an innocent mistake from a boy who has never exhibited this type of behavior. This IS a blatant act of rage – rage that has left Paris unable to use the restroom on his own or even feed himself.
Since none of Chief Weir’s claims or decisions make any logical sense, I have to wonder if this decision to not even investigate the incident is racially motivated. Why else would Chief Weir be so dismissive of such a serious matter? Why else would he refuse to hear members of his own community? After all, it was a white child who ran over a black child. Is that the type of community we have built and support? Is that the message that we want to send to our minority neighbors?
While I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from my neighbors and parents, my grandson deserves justice. The kids of our small community deserve to feel safe. Parents deserve peace of mind. I am hopeful that someone – anyone – will take notice and help.
Outraged and saddened,
301 Grove Street Apt #3
Hudson, Michigan 49247
NO POLICE REPORTS HAVE BEEN FILED OR STATEMENTS HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM THE WITNESSES AT THIS POINT AND AN ATTORNY HAS BEEN CONTACTED AND IS TAKING ON THE CASE, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS! WE FEEL THAT THERE'S A DISCREPENCY AND THINGS HAVE NOT BEEN DONE LIKE THEY SHOULD BE DONE DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE 14YR OLD'S PARENTS ARE FRIENDS WITH CHIEF WEIR (WHOM THEY ALSO ARE ON THE SAME BOWLING LEAGUE) PLEASE HELP US GET JUSTICE FOR PARIS, HE'S SCARED TO DEATH TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND HIS GRANDMOTHER HAS TO DO EVERYTHING FOR HIM DUE TO THIS WHOLE SITUATION/SOMEONE'S RAGE/CARELESSNESS! THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!!!! ALSO, PARIS IS GOING TO BE OUT OF SCHOOL LONGER THAN EXPECTED DUE TO HIS INJURIES AND SURGERIES, WE'RE TRYING TO GET HIM A COMPUTER SO HE DOESN'T FALL BEHIND IN SCHOOL DUE TO THIS ACT OF OUTRAGE, IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WILLING TO DOANTE A COMPUTER PLEASE LET US KNOW! THANK YOU!!!!!
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