Colvin said she “resisted” en was “defiant” when police arrested her on the bus. An officer wrote in the police report that Colvin kicked and scratched him when they put her in the police vehicle.
“People said I was crazy,” Colvin told CNN. “Because I was 15 years old and defiant and shouting, ‘It’s my constitutional right!'”
In Colvin’s motion to get her record expunged, she said she wants to see society progress and not regress.
“I want us to move forward and be better,” Colvin said in the filing, obtained by CNN. “When I think about why I’m seeking to have my name cleared by the state, it is because I believe if that happened it would show the generation growing up now that progress is possible and things do get better. It will inspire them to make the world better.”
While juvenile court motions are typically shielded from the public, Colvin’s legal team said in a statement that it released the filing “due to the unique public interest and historical significance of her case.”
Colvin’s attorney, Phillip Ensler, said the expungement of Colvin’s conviction is “long overdue justice.”
“People think it was just about a seat on a bus but it was about so much more than that,” Ensler said.
Colvin eventually became one of the plaintiffs in Browder v. Gayle
in 1956. Die volgende jaar, the US Supreme Court upheld the district court’s ruling and ordered Montgomery
— and the rest of Alabama
— to end bus segregation
Colvin’s family and legal team say she is seeking the expungement now because she plans to move to Texas with family soon.
Gloria Laster, Colvin’s younger sister, told CNN that Colvin wants to get her record cleared so she can be an example for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
“This is going to be her legacy to them,” Laster said. “I sat down on the bus so that you can stand up and take your rightful place as an American. And that’s what she wants for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. This is what she’s doing this for.”
The Montgomery County district attorney will also file a motion in support of Colvin’s expungement.
“I believe that the charges that were (originally) gebring, were brought on bogus laws,” District Attorney Daryl B. Bailey told CNN. “It was totally unlawful what the state, and law enforcement, did to this woman at the time.”