Singer's daughter alleges mistreatment by Mich. cops

DETROIT — Gabrielle Stokes, the 19-year-old daughter of R&B singer Sara Stokes, was arrested early Tuesday morning in Warren on charges of disturbing the peace and the purchase/consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Gabrielle Stokes pleaded not guilty during arraignment Tuesday, said her lawyer, Adam Clements, and posted a $1,000 cash bond.

Her parents, Tony and Sara Stokes, who stars on the BET Centric reality TV show From the Bottom Up, allege Warren police mistreated Gabrielle when she was arrested at her apartment near 12 Mile and Hayes, where she was having a going-away party for a friend who was moving to Texas.

Tony stokes said police forcibly grabbed Gabrielle, a student at Macomb Community College, from the apartment, handcuffed her and dragged her down the stairs.

"It was ... white cops, and they seen a bunch of black kids and mixed kids," Tony Stokes said. "This excessive use of force sh#$ has to stop because black lives do matter. ... We will be filing a lawsuit against the city of Warren and those officers.

"She said she was scared for her life," he said. "They put her in the car, and then they pulled her out of the car and walked her around her complex twice — handcuffed — but they were putting so much force as to where she had to walk bent over with her arms straight in the air. They were trying to break her freakin’ arms. She was like, 'Please, please, in the name of Jesus, please you’re hurting me. Why are you doing this to me? I’m a basketball player. My arms are coming out of the sockets. Can you please stop hurting me?' "

Gabrielle Stokes was taken Tuesday evening to an area hospital for an examination of her injuries, her parents said.

 

Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green said Tuesday afternoon that the police department had yet to receive a complaint from the Stokes family about Gabrielle's treatment.

"When people make complaints, we do a full investigation," he said. "We review video. We review audio. We interview officers, we look for potential witnesses. When a complaint is made, internal affairs will do a thorough investigation.

"I don’t know anything about the arrest. I don’t know anything about the use of force, and I don’t know anything about a potential lawsuit."

Gabrielle Stokes' mother said the officers swore at her daughter, called her names and degraded her.

"I don’t know what they thought they were doing to her, treating her like that," she said. "She is a 19-year-old young woman. She's had nothing but good reports everywhere she’s been ... never been in trouble, ever.

"She’s the captain of the basketball team (at Macomb Community College). She’s got a game tomorrow and her arm’s been twisted up, pretty much out of socket. This is so unacceptable.

"We’re going to get to the bottom of this. You’re not going to get away with something like this."

Follow Kristen Jordan Shamus on Twitter: @kristenshamus


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