A Chicago teenager who says a police officer knocked out her front tooth at a protest last Friday has a reason to smile after she was gifted veneers by a dentist from the Bravo series "Married to Medicine."
Boyd was connected with "Married to Medicine" cast member Heavenly Kimes, a cosmetic and implant dentist, through the social media platform. The series airs on Bravo, which is owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News.
Kimes said Friday that "people were feverishly tagging" her in a post about Boyd and that the two were connected within a few days of the teen's injury.
"Once we heard her story, I answered the call to action," Kimes told NBC News. "She messaged me on Instagram, and we got her a flight right away to Atlanta, so that I could treat her immediately."
One of Boyd's front teeth was broken and another was damaged, which expanded the "already large" space between her two front teeth, Kimes said.
"We performed high-end cosmetic dentistry," Kimes said. "In total, these services and treatments would have cost her and her parents in excess of $10,000."
Kimes did it at no cost.
In an Instagram Live that Kimes recorded with Boyd before the procedure, she said: "I'm going to do some cosmetic work on that little baby, she is beautiful. She got hit in the mouth by a police officer. We're going to take care of that."
Kimes uploaded a photo collage to Instagram on Thursday after the procedure. It featured a before and after photo of Boyd's teeth and an image of the two together.
"My beautiful Miracle @miracleboyd18 I’m soo sorry this happened to you! Glad I could help," she captioned the collage.
Boyd, an activist and recent high school graduate, has said she was recording a Facebook Live last week with her cellphone in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park where protesters tried to topple a Christopher Columbus statue, when she said an officer smacked the phone out of her hand and hit her in the mouth.
Chicago police said Monday that "criminal agitators pelted fireworks, frozen water bottles and other projectiles" at officers, injuring 49 of them, at the protest.
More than 20 complaints, including claims of excessive force, have been filed against police related to the protest, according to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. The agency said it was investigating video of an officer striking Boyd. The video was uploaded to Twitter by the anti-gun violence group GoodKids MadCity of which Boyd is a member.
Kimes said Friday that as an African American public figure, she felt obligated to help Boyd.
"With her mission as an activist and public speaker, we wanted Miracle to leave with a lifted spirit, and the determination of push forward," Kimes said. "When she left, she vowed that she would continue to fight peacefully for the justice of African Americans and the Black community, nationally."
Boyd said at a news conference Monday that she fights "every day" in her community to end gun violence and that she was "unjustly attacked by a Chicago police officer" who "valued a supremacist statue over" her life, safety and well being.
"No matter what I said, no matter what I did, it did not justify me being brutalized and attacked," she said. "I am calling for the officer who attacked me to be relieved of his duties."