- Posted August 31, 2012 by
Widow and daughter arrested for defending their family in their own home
Lorraine Brooks and her daughter, a junior at East High School, were assaulted when Chantoya Hester and her boyfriend Alex Boulton forcefully entered into Brooks' home while the two of them were having an altercation outside of Brooks' apartment. Brooks and her daughter fought back as much as they could and told the invaders to leave numerous times, but it was only when Brooks showed a knife that Boulton seemed ready to leave.
Before leaving, Boulton attempted to get the knife by grappling Brooks for it. Before he could get the weapon, Brooks' daughter grabbed a baseball bat and began retaliating on Boulton. He then left Brooks' apartment, visibly injured.
Shortly after Hester and Boulton left, the Memphis Police arrived and arrested Brooks for assault. Brooks was slammed into the plastic barrier while she was being thrown into the police cruiser. As Brooks' injuries were numerous, she was treated at The MED Hospital and released from police custody on bail after a week on confinement.
On Thursday, Aug. 30, Brooks' daughter was arrested while at school and taken to the Memphis Juvenile Detention Center. Brooks was notified of this arrest after several hours and only after she called the police.
As of the writing of this iReport, no charges or arrests have been made on Hester or Boultin. Brooks is trying to raise funds to bail her daughter out of the Memphis Juvenile Detention Center and pay their legal fees.
Tennessee has had a "Stand Your Ground" law in place since 2007. When the State Governor was contacted, he tried to divert the issue to the Department of Homeland Security. The Memphis Police Department have not commented on emails sent nor answered their phones.