to friends and family of the twins, it was an investigation that was reportedly closed. How attentive the NYPD becomes when a civilian obtains footage on their own merit. Palitz continued her defense of the most notorious police department in the country, “Little scuffles aren’t uncommon when it’s 4 or 5 in the morning and people are drunk. I’d like to believe the NYPD didn’t realize the severity of the situation. It’s not normal for something like this to happen in the East Village. It’s not something we are accustomed to.” Unfortunately as facts are uncovered, the incident was more than a drunken brawl. The NYPD has officially named it a “hate crime” and with the help of Quann and her supporters it has garnered the attention of politicians such as Vanessa Diaz Lopez, Chief of Staff to Council Woman Rosie Mendez.
Diaz states by email correspondence:
"I am glad that you are in contact with us as we have been following the issue and inquired within the 9th and 13thprecinct about this hate crime. We ALWAYS saw it as a hate crime despite how the NYPD had ruled it. I am asking one our staff members to follow this case closely and will have the Councilwoman call the precinct directly to inquire further to ensure the case is thoroughly investigated. We will be contacting you to discuss the case further with you."
What led the NYPD to deem it a hate crime? Witnesses. Witnesses who would not talk to EBONY.com out of fear for their safety but who spoke with Quann as to what exactly happened that night. “They said they heard, “’that’s how you take a nigger down.’ They heard them say that were from Boston.” While the victims and their families can breathe a little easier knowing these men will be brought to justice, Quann is still fighting. “First, I want the perpetrators caught and second I want to hold those accountable in the precinct that was responsible for closing the case.” She says, her decision to hold the NYPD responsible is not just for her boyfriend but for the countless followers and supporters that have shared their stories of injustice gone unnoticed. “Just having so many people share their stories when they were involved in a crime and there was never a follow up investigation how common this story is and no one knows where to go. Sometimes their loved ones don’t even make it,” she shares with tears in her voice.
Still, despite the pain and heavy medication, Aaron Parker’s has a heartfelt message for everyone who has supported his cause, “Speaking for my brother and I, we say thank you for all of your kind support. This is helping us heal. I am thankful for my girlfriend who took matters into her own hands to reopen this case. We are going to make a full recovery through the loving support of our family, friends and all of you. Plus, we have Wolverine healing powers!”
Click here to view the petition created on the twins’ behalf.
D. Kimberly is the creator of Missaleck.com, and a contributing writer to Uptownmagazine.com.