For the first time – the introduction of Cyndi Payton, the woman who released the graphic videotaped beating that went public of a 15-year-old Holley to Quanell X was made at the NAACP coordinated own hall meeting on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. The video would’ve never surfaced if it weren’t for this woman who had nothing to gain except turning a wrong to a right. She is finally sharing her story.
Cyndi Payton stayed in the background, letting Quanell X be the face of the tape because she new he would get it to the public and didn’t trust it would be made public otherwise. Since it has, she now feels comfortable stepping into the spotlight. If it wasn’t for her, we may have never seen the recording.
“I had to do it and I’d do it again,” Payton said. “That tape is really, really bad. It was time I guess for me to come out and admit that I was the one. I just hope that every sacrifice that I’ve made will keep other people from doing what they did and make police officers more accountable for what they do.”
Payton was the manager at the storage facility last spring who called Quanell X and told him about the surveillance video she had just viewed.
“It was inhumane the way they treated him — stomped him, punched him over and over and over again, kicked him in the face,” she said. ”I had to do it and I’d do it again. That tape is really, really bad. I just hope that every sacrifice that I’ve made will keep other people from doing what they did and make police officers more accountable for what they do,” Payton said.
The video clearly made an impact with the public, because by Tuesday, there were three events by different groups, all claiming that something needs to be done so what’s seen on the video never happens again.