The Virginian-Pilot reports a prosecutor on Monday dropped charges against Pamela Brown, the Hula Hoop Lady of Granby Street. Police also released a horrifying video showing her arrest during which Brown, a traumatic brain injury survivor, was shocked repeatedly with a Taser. The officer, identified in a police report as Nicholas Parks, is on administrative duty pending review of the case. Hoopers are gathering in Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday, November 8th in her support. When asked how she felt about the outcome Brown said she couldn’t remember what the judge said. She pulled out a medical identification card listing her conditions and said she had tried to show it to the officer who arrested her. In fact, the two-minute, 40-second disturbing video below taken by a camera on the Taser itself on October 11th shows Brown repeatedly telling Parks that her medic alert information is in her back pants pocket.
Marylin Copeland, Regional Coordinator for the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, told Hooping.org, “This whole event was an outrage. Pam is shaken by this experience but she is determined to continue the hula hooping which has been a part of her physical rehabilitation for years. Our community has been outraged by this event and strongly supports Pam who has been a welcome fixture on Granby Street. Thanks to the Hooping Community for your support of Pam, a world class hooper!” You can get out and support Pamela this Saturday and by making donations to the Brain Injury Association of America, headquarterd in Virginia, in Pamela Brown’s honor. Full story: The Virginian-Pilot