California vs. Cannick: We’re Going to Trial!

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We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).


It’s not The People v. OJ but it is official. I go to trial on December 15.

In addition to going to trial, thanks to the great work of my attorney Nana Gyamfi the judge found “good cause” for disclosing the personnel records of the two officers who claimed that they witnessed me (1) as a leader of the protest on November 26 and (2) in front of the protest group on November 26 saying (and I quote from their fairytale report) “we’re coming through!” All of this while trying to cross a skirmish line resulting in me allegedly having to be pushed back by the police.

As of now, besides the account of these two officers—which was taken by two detectives (Tagliere and Kramer) two months later on January 29, 2015—the City has no audio, videos, or photographs of me committing the alleged crimes. They are building their case off of the words of what two detectives say these two officers told them. Yes, you read that right. Hearsay.

I told you it was going to get interesting really quick.

The two officers fabricating this narrative are Sergeant Raul Pedroza (Serial No. 27721) and Officer Jesus Martinez (Serial No. 34593). They are being assisted by our friend Captain Jeffrey Bert (Serial No. 33112). The same Captain Bert who was the shot caller during the Ferguson Protests when things went shall we say awry. The same Captain Bert in charge of Northeast Division where the Los Angeles Times noted that “the highest misclassification rate was found in the LAPD’s Central Bureau — which includes downtown, northeast and east L.A. — where 13% of minor assaults were incorrectly categorized.” The same Captain Bert named in a civil lawsuit filed by a 34-year veteran of the Department for discrimination, harassment and retaliation. And the same Captain Bert that according to the Los Angeles Times, “a department review found Northeast Division’s staffing levels were skewed many days by the use of so-called ghost cars — a scheme in which officers are shown to be in the field when they are actually behind a desk or working non-patrol duty.” Yes, that Captain Bert.

And even though I’d love to let you know all of the juicy details regarding Pedroza and Martinez’s personnel records as it relates to what information we were given from the Pitchess motion, I will unfortunately be under a gag order and cannot tell you about any falsified police reports or wrongful acts of moral turpitude committed by them. I also can’t tell you about their illegal detentions, arrests, searches, and seizures. Mums the word until trial about any use of excessive force or fabrication of the need to use excessive force. Instances of these two officers concealing and/or tampering with evidence will have to remain under wraps lest I be found in contempt of court for breaking a judicial gag order. That ain’t happening.

So aside from the trial readiness hearing scheduled for November 19, it looks like we are full steam ahead as it relates to the start of my trial. Jury selection or Voir Dire will commence on December 15 with opening arguments likely to take place on December 17.  We’ll have a number of witnesses ready to testify, as I am sure the City will.

As I have stated before, I am going to take this as far as the city attorney and the Los Angeles Police Department want to go. When you are innocent and essentially being framed—you don’t make deals, at least I do not. I would rather take my chances with a jury than admit to doing something I didn’t do.

While everyone likes to assume that all Black people are members of Black Lives Matter just because they believe that Black lives matter—that is just not case. I have nothing against Black Lives Matter or the groups who choose to protest the police but I don’t belong to any of them.

Neither is it true that I hate police officers. While this may not be a popular or shared sentiment, I actually have a lot of respect for police officers. I don’t particularly care for misconduct and those who help to cover it up but that is not the same as hating police officers or the police department. It is not liking misconduct and those who help to cover it up. Period.

As I have said before, the case against me has more to do with the bruised egos up on the 10th floor of LAPD headquarters. It has to do with a horse named George, a top cop and his daughter’s very public relationship with a sergeant. It has to do with a now ex-detective named Frank, a couple of cops who killed Ezell Ford, an ex-mafia hit man named Boxer and his LAPD sponsored book signing for wealthy donors to the Department. It also has to do with the officer who killed Brendon Glenn, Clinton Alford’s beating and that video. But mostly it has to do with the fact the some folks don’t like that Los Angeles police officers of all ranks and races talk to me about the Department’s shenanigans.

Out of 323 arrests made by the LAPD during what they refer to as the Ferguson Protests, that the city attorney’s office has filed charges against only 27. And somehow out of the 27, I get singled out as a leader of the protest on November 26 and for resisting arrest.

And while the rest of Los Angeles news media is focused in Mayor Eric Garcetti and his Black Lives Matter problem, they need to be asking City Attorney Mike Feuer the hard questions–namely how did his office choose the 27 to prosecute from the 323, how many cases have they won so far, how much is this costing Angelenos and most important, how many people arrested on November 26 are now suing the city of Los Angeles?

I work in government and politics and on occasion write about the shady dealings of the LAPD as told to me by members of the LAPD. On the one hand it would be career suicide to be running through the streets of Los Angeles protesting the police and on the other I don’t think cops would feel as if they could come to me with the goods on the Department if I took the stance that I hated them. It doesn’t work that way—at least not for me.

Which is not to say that I can’t own the opinion that I dislike all cops, it’s just that anyone who knows me knows that I don’t. And trust me, that’s not a popular view to have these days in certain circles, but it’s mine and I own it.

Add to all of that, people are forever trying to put me in their box and when I don’t fit they go bonkers.  Sometimes their box is community activist, for others it’s political consultant and yet for others it’s journalist or blogger.  First, I don’t really consider myself a community activist and as far as I’m concerned, if Bruce Jenner doesn’t consider himself male and wants to be called Caitlyn I think I have the right to define who I am and what I do.  At times I work in front of the camera or mic and sometimes behind.  It’s not something I do quite as often as I use to since I’ve chosen to focus more on my work in politics–but don’t ever get it twisted.  I’ve been around for awhile and I’ve paid my dues both in politics and journalism.

I’ve co-anchored and reported the news in Los Angeles on the radio, I’ve been a segment producer, a political commentator for NPR, Fox News, CNN, and the list goes on. I’ve written cover stories for Ebony Magazine, op-eds for the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News and had a syndicated column in African-American newspapers from coast to coast with the awards to back it up.  These days I choose to freelance report and produce based on my available time which lately hasn’t been much. All that’s to say, I am who I am and I do what I do which is a lot.  You get one life and yes–I am living it to the fullest. I may not fit into folk’s box but that’s their issue.  I am clear on who I am.

So Team Jasmyne will be preparing for trial over the next month as we head into the holiday season. I am still optimistic as to the outcome of my case with the understanding that when you have powerful folks behind the scenes pulling strings to get you charged with crimes—anything can happen.

And while last year on this date I was reveling in the fact that Detective Frank Lyga was no longer employed by the LAPD, it seems that this year on my birthday I’m facing the fact that I am going to trial. I hope that when this all said and done that folks in the Department haven’t lost an ally in the fight for truth and justice in me because I have to tell you, I am none too pleased about all of these lies permeating from the LAPD about me.  But nevertheless, I shall continue to try and not paint the entire Department as a bunch of liars–just the ones doing the lying.

In the end though, I’m gonna be alright.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • Team Jasmyne
    I doubt your trial will last more than 2-3 days. You will spend the morning December 15 picking a jury, usually in a misdemeanor the judge will do all the voir dire, and put on the evidence that afternoon and the following day/s. I still think there is an 80% chance they drop it ALL the morning of the trial…I am surprised the judge granted your Pitchess Motion (named after former LA Sheriff Pete Pitchess), usually doesn’t happen, but it sounds like these two clowns have more baggage than Samsonite….

  • NinaG

    I would pay to be on that jury!!! (In your favor, of course!) ????


    This is a joke!!!! This aint going nowhere and they know it!!! We cant even keep real criminals for serious crimes in jail, what make s you think you will ever do any jail time!! HELL NO!!! this is all a waste of the peoples money. That punk pedroza is weak and everybody knows it. He looks like Eddie Munster!!!! Come on what a slap!

    Their gonna lose this case big. They aint got shit and everybody that was there knows it!!


  • cutty sark

    You are ready to take this as far as the City Attorney and LAPD want to go – that’s a good start.
    But if you want to come out ahead, then get ready to take it at least one step further than they are willing to go.
    And at this point, you can’t put anything past them.

    This is The People vs. OJ.

    Johnnie Cochran’s famous “glove” quote was the memorable highlight from the O.J. trial, but don’t forget that Cochran assembled a dream team for his defendant.
    Ms. Gyamfi’s goal should be to assemble and manage the dream team for Cannick’s defense.
    The People vs. OJ took place in a courtroom, but it was permeated by the issues of the day. There had previously been a series of incidents and reports from other cases which had brought into question the integrity and reliability of forensic evidence processed by LAPD.

    Cochran didn’t need to refer to the previous cases. He took the nebulous doubt a jury would have over recent LAPD forensic reliability and focused it onto the specific evidence presented against OJ.
    Johnnie Cochran did us a favor in winning acquittal for Simpson. The LAPD got serious about cleaning up the issues with their forensic integrity.

  • cutty sark

    Do you want to know how the City Attorney chose 27 to prosecute out of 300 plus arrested?
    Maybe the 27 are on a list targeted for prosecution by the police.
    The other 300 would be LAPD undercover plants and no-nothing followers.
    Do you think these 2 officers who your attorney Pitchessed are the key to beating this case?
    take a look at this case as it fits into the grand arc of lapd history.
    have you studied the Education of Charlie Beck??
    many decades ago a man named assistant chief george beck aspired to ascend to the highest command on the force.
    Local ABC7 eyewitness news broadcast reporter wayne satz’
    story about a personal loan extended from a golfing buddy to help papa beck expand the living quarters for his growing family. I will leave it at that because you can do your own research. Beck sued the reporter and the tv station for defamation.
    Although Beck was able to claim vindication in his civil suit, the burnish was off his badge in regards to getting the final stripe.
    The unfulfilled dream of the father was passed to the son.
    Chief Beck wants to sue you, but he is too smart for that.
    Rule 1: never sue the media.
    use the media.
    cb is the master at that game.
    Forget about those two officers and Jeff Bert. just a distraction.
    They will use a black sista to testify against you.
    The sista who was locked up with you at van nuys who you confessed your role to. What – you don’t remember talking with her?
    She remembers you. Or at least somebody who looked just like you.

  • cutty sark

    This probably sounds crazy, but sometimes its easier to convict the wrong person than it is to convict the right person.
    You want to talk about Northeast and the ghost cars?
    instead, understand the history of northeast in succesfully convicting the **** suspect, while the genuine is literally ignored. Doesn’t matter how many tips come in, they don’t want him. they’ve decided on someone else.
    Do you know who matthew turner is?
    Why not?
    But certainly you have heard of giovanni ramirez – the original suspect fingered for the Dodger Stadium assault.
    what if ramirez didn’t have a big money attorney and independent investigators to blow the smoke out of the accusations against him?
    Bye Bye Gio. What did Northeast detectives produce after 8 weeks of unlimited authorized hours investigating the case?
    Nada, except a gang member who matched the sketch. Thats the whole case.
    Lead investigator det. jose carrillo(retired) already had several positive witness i.d.s on ramirez when beck called the news conference.
    But the L.A. news media never asked how this could have happened. Robbery/homicide took over the investigation and caught the right guys using the same leads and tips northeast used. So how did northeast over look sanchez and norwood?
    They probably didn’t look enough like the sketch for their tastes. Gio was their man.

  • cutty sark

    Ms. gyamfi would do well to bring in the nations top police expert witness on facial recognition, memory, suspect line-ups for the defense dream team. Its probably some white guy who wrote the textbook. maybe he is a former police chief somewhere. thats the guy who will hang the prosecution out to dry regarding proper protocol for line-ups and unpolluted memory preservation.
    lapd prefers to make it up as they go along.
    you got hit them on that. no mercy.

  • cutty sark

    For an example of what to expect, refer to the civil suit brought by 3 local journalists who were attacked by riot police at the 2007 MacArthur Park May Day Melee.
    The City Attorney put on testimony claiming that television camera operator Patricia Ballaz was wearing a backpack that demonstrators reached into to get bricks to throw at police. A policeman claimed that television reporter Christina Gonzalez was reaching to grab his gun.
    Let’s hope the City Attorney can resist the temptation of incredible testimony from unbelievable witnesses.
    But don’t get caught unprepared if they try to paint Ms. Cannick as the next Chris J. Dorner.

  • cutty sark

    “we’re coming through!”
    The statement must be examined in relation to context and circumstances before any conclusion is drawn about meaning or intent.
    It could be an exhortation to action, to follow behind the leader.
    Or it could be an informational warning, a statement of inevitability.
    If a crowd has been corralled in a cul-de-sac and there is panic or pushing from behind, then the mass will begin to surge forward.
    The people in front are forced to move forward, they have no choice.
    Who was the leader of the demonstration that evening?
    The more accurate and essential question is – who exercised control over the demonstration?
    Who guided or drew the mass of followers into the cul-de-sac where they became blocked in, preventing them from making an orderly dispersal.
    Captain Bert is quoted telling the L.A. Times that on that particular night he had “officers on the other side”.
    How can Ms. Cannick be properly judged until all the information is available regarding the “officers on the other side”.
    Of the hundreds arrested and released without charge, how many were working for Captain Bert that evening?
    How can Ms. Cannick be accused of leading the demonstration if Captain Bert was effectively exercising control from beginning to end?
    Did the evidence package sent from LAPD to defendant’s attorney include the entire audio from Captain Bert’s personal on-body recorder for that day?

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  • Bob

    That’s not true about pitches motions. It was true pre Warrick decision around 2005 or so but subsequently probably around 80-90% of pitches motions in criminal court are granted. If the defense chooses to refile after a denied motion, I’d take an educated guess that it’s near 100% granted.

  • It was true pre Warrick decision around 2005 or so but subsequently probably around 80-90% of pitches motions in criminal court are granted.
    You may be correct, but where did you get your stats from??? Or is it just anecdotal….