Many argue that America is slowly becoming a police state. I am sure that Maryanne Godboldo of Detroit would agree.
Godboldo is an African American mother of a teenage daughter. She now faces multiple felony charges and is being held on $500,000 bond after a 10-hour standoff with a heavily armed police SWAT team. Allegedly, Godboldo was protecting her 13-year-old daughter from unnecessary medication ordered by the State of Michigan.
Child Protective Services (CPS) called in the police to assist in their obtaining the 13-year-old after her mother refused to medicate her with dangerous psychiatric drugs. When Maryanne refused to let CPS take her daughter away, they then called the police, who next smashed down her front door and attempted to raid her home to take her daughter by force.
It seems that the powers that be now have defined refusing to medicate your children as a felony crime. According to the mother, the medications caused side effects in her daughter that exacerbated her condition. The medication, Risperdal, is a neuroleptic antipsychotic medication with a known history for causing serious side effects such as abdominal pain, vomiting, aggression, anxiety, dizziness and lack of coordination. Godboldo’s daughter was born with a defective foot that eventually led to the amputation of her leg below the knee. After that, Godboldo became a stay-at-home mother, according to official documents. Despite the disability, she played the piano and danced.
Although the police did not have a warrant or any court documents whatsoever granting them any right to enter her home, they reported that she opened fire on them after they smashed through her door and a 12-hour standoff ensued. She eventually surrendered to the SWAT team, and the state took her daughter to a psychiatric hospital where her mother and attorney claim she is being molested by the staff. Godboldo now faces multiple felony charges: firing a weapon in a dwelling, felonious assault, resisting and obstructing an officer and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
–torrance t. stephens, phd.