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Friday, May 15, 2009

Man Alleges Police Caused Him Kidney Damage ("My pee was blacker than me!")

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 8:38 AM

Terrell Wilhite, 31, of Bellefontaine Neighbors, tells Riverfront Times that a Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department officer beat and Tasered him, then drove him across state lines and left him for dead under an IIlinois viaduct in the late night/early morning hours of May 2/3.

Wilhite's St. Louis attorney, J. Justin Meehan, says he has been in touch with the St. Louis County Police Department, which is apparently investigating the incident.

"I want this shit to come to light, so folks know this shit really does happen," says Meehan, who is handling the matter pro-bono. "I don't want it to happen anymore, and if it does, I want people to suffer the consequences."

A spokesman for the county police department declined to provide RFT any information unless charges against the police officer are filed.

Lt. Tom Sheehan, of the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department, also declined to provide any details, saying, "It'll be over when it's over, and when it's over, there will be a statement."

Wilhite and his longtime girlfriend Keishawn Randolph say they had an argument in their Odessa Drive driveway on the night of May 2, and that neighbors called police.

Wilhite, who is on a five-year probation for marijuana distribution, gave chase. An hour or so later, he says, a Bellefontaine Neighbors police officer apprehended him in a neighbor's yard. Wilhite showed Riverfront Times scar marks and bruises he says stemmed from the officer beating him in the yard.

"He tried to put the Taser in my mouth, and when I wouldn't let him, he Tased me in the back."

Wilhite says he was hauled to the Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Department but not arrested. Soon after arriving there, he says, the officer loaded him back into the car and proceeded to drive him, on I-270, into the state of Illinois. Wilhite says the officer pushed him out of the car next to a viaduct in Granite City.

Wilhite says he then stumbled half a mile or so to a Waffle House and lay on the floor there until a relative was able to pick him up.

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Wilhite tells RFT he did not plan to report the incident to police. But he was startled by what he saw when he went to the bathroom the next morning. "My pee was blacker than me!" he exclaims.

Hospital records show Wilhite spent the next four days in Christian Hospital being treated for kidney trauma

"I've been shot in the leg, stabbed in the stomach, but never did no police beat me up," Wilhite says, explaining why he eventually decided to report the incident to police.

Wilhite grew up in Walnut Park. He says he has done eighteen months in a state prison for second-degree assault. He says he does odd jobs and hauling.

"It was a silly argument," he says of the incident with his girlfriend. "It wasn't violent. I didn't do anything wrong. I ran because I ain't never been on the winning side of things with the police."

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