The People of the State of California
vs. Jasmyne Cannick
Round Two: The Pretrial
Just a quick update on my case and since anything I say can and will be used against me, I’m not going to elaborate much. Besides, honestly there isn’t that much to tell.
Today I appeared in court for my pretrial hearing on charges that I resisted an officer. I am charged with three counts of resisting an officer P69, P148a1 and V2800 (a) stemming from the protest that occurred in downtown Los Angeles on November 26, 2014.
The hearing was continued until the end of the month so that some business could be handled. See, I told you, not much to tell.
I did participate in a press conference with attorney Nana Gyamfi prior to my hearing calling attention to the fact that the City Attorney’s office is engaged in selective and retaliatory prosecution of Black Lives Matter Activists and others and trying to criminalize Black civic engagement.
This has a lot to do with the fact that with somewhere near 500 protest related arrests since last year’s Trayvon Martin protests up to today, less than 10 percent of those arrested have actually been charged. Almost all of the people selected or targeted for criminal charges are connected to or are believed to be connected to Black Lives Matter.
Although I know it is assumed by the police and the media that because one is Black they are automatically inducted into Black Lives Matter at birth, lol, that’s not the case with me. I’ve never been a member of the group. My charges, I believe have to do solely with Chief Beck, his daughter and that horse–of course.
Last week I wrote about how the City Attorney’s office was denied a protective order on behalf of Chief Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti against two activists . Well, they tried to get one again today in court. After my hearing was continued I went and sat in on Evan Bunch’s arraignment in Dept. 40. The City Attorney in his case, one Jennifer Wexler, went before the same judge that denied her office last week and asked for a second time. I guess she was thinking that if at first you don’t succeed try and try again. Well, the judge said no–again.
Still I must say, this is both an interesting strategy and a sad commentary on behalf of the Mayor, Police Chief, and the City Attorney–two of which I supported being elected into their current office.
Anyway, I’m not back in court until the 29th so I’ll keep you posted.
In closing, a special shout out to my Front Page family that came out in support today. And remember, if you stay ready you don’t have to get ready.
My actual arrest
KNBC news report on my arrest
Video from the protests on Nov. 26