Ish I Don’t Have Time For: Being Charged with Resisting a Police Officer

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).


To continue on in my series on ish I don’t have time for (but will have to apparently make time for), it seems that I am being charged with resisting a police officer.

Feuer - Charges

Apparently the charge of failing to disperse (which was malarkey too), that I was given at that protest last year the day before Thanksgiving was bumped up to resisting a police officer.  To be more specific:

69. Every person who attempts, by means of any threat or violence,
to deter or prevent an executive officer from performing any duty
imposed upon such officer by law, or who knowingly resists, by the
use of force or violence, such officer, in the performance of his
duty, is punishable by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars
($10,000), or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section
1170, or in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both such
fine and imprisonment.

There are a lot of things Jasmyne would do, but that simply isn’t one of them.  And not just because I don’t believe in resisting an eminent arrest, but because and more importantly, my body aches now and that’s without the pain of being thrown to the ground and having my arms contorted and twisted behind me and then being pulled up from the ground by those same arms with hands that are cuffed behind my back.  Honestly, I couldn’t imagine the pain I’d be in if I resisted arrest and was man handled by some police officer.  No thank you. They don’t make Ibuprofen strong enough for that.

Does this look like someone who resisted arrest or a police officer?

Below is the complete video of the arrests thanks to livestreamer P.M. Beers.  Fast-forward to the 43:00 mark and watch for about five minutes.  Case closed.

The reality is that I wasn’t even protesting, I was there covering the protest as I have said on numerous occasions.  This was the one night of the protests I can attest to the fact that a dispersal order was not given to the protesters on 6th and Hope like on the previous two nights.  I know because every time I heard the orders, I bounced.

I guess this is Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck’s way of using the City Attorney’s office to screw with Jasmyne. Chief Beck and I have come a long ways since 2009

It’s all politically motivated–but it’s all good because that’s my line of work and I can go toe to toe with the best of them.  Hence, the reason I am putting it out there first.  This is not my first trip to the rodeo.  

My arrest is on video on the Internet.  The powers that be know who I work for and I suspect they are trying to mess with the way I make a living by having me charged with this so elected officials are like, oh no, we can’t work with Jasmyne.  She’s out there resisting police officers.  You know typical politician stuff–distance yourself as quickly as possible.

What they don’t know is that people know me.  The electeds I work for know me well and they know good and damn well I’d never resist a police officer.

It’s about to be on like Donkey Kong.

Here’s even more video from that night with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s comments and others…

The Court of Public Opinion

  • Ruby

    Seems you have upset the Chief. He’s not used to that. You go Girl. Wish more journalist had your courage.

  • robert peel

    the problem lies in the police training.after the la riots which really was a rebellion metro div came up with this aggressive responce to crowd control.the problem was it was a one fits all training and it took off all over the country,hence the massive overreaction your seeing.officers limit themselves by all having their batons out, how are you suposed to do a simple arrest with one hand,these incident are usually very small and yes a bit loud and verbal but police respond the same way as if it was a full blown riot.their must be a new standard for resisting arrest as a suspect used to have to put up a struggle.

  • Citizen

    LOL you definitely were not resisting, but the video also shows that you were NOT thrown to the ground and then pulled back up either… more like escorted by your own two feet.

  • SurfPuppy619

    LOL…ask for a jury trial out of the blocks and watch the plea deals come pouring in. Don’t bite. Take it to trial, or act like you will. The fact is the CA will NOT tie up a courtroom, a Deputy CA, a judge, court reporter, bailiff’s and a bazillion other things that cost $$$ to go to trial on a weak at best misdemeanor. Costs too much in time, energy and resources. Not to mention the brain damage if the CA loses at trial.

  • cutty sark

    Don’t take it personal.
    This is exactly what they want to get from your arrest and prosecution.
    Appear on as many programs, give as many interviews, tell as many people as possible about your false arrest in downtown L.A. and your travails under false charges.
    Bring your witnesses and your videotape as evidence of your innocence – the more the better.

    Because your message is their message:
    Anyone who seeks to exercise their Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly in Downtown L.A. to criticize the Establishment is subject to administrative punishment via misuse of the Police Powers and misuse of Prosecutorial Powers and Misuse of the Court Docket.
    News Reporters acting in their official capacity may find their Press Pass invisible to the police; reporters are subject to targeting and arrest.

    Please spread the message far and wide and loud.
    This should be sufficient to discourage participation in any future anti-Establishment demonstrations.
    On the other hand, if members of the public feel so strongly about an issue that they continue with exercising Freedom of Speech and Assembly in Downtown L.A., irregardless of the risk of false arrest and false prosecution, that will force the situation
    As the police, jail and courts have limited capacity for holding and processing detainees, police are then forced to execute a non-lethal tactical assault upon demonstrators – for example Century City janitors march, Day One 2000 DNC Convention Staples Center August 2000, May Day MacAurther Park.
    If the people continue exercising their Constitutional Freedoms in criticism of the Powers That Be, even after JasCann has done all we asked to warn them of the risks,
    then please be advised to dress appropriately for Kent State.

  • their own definition of ‘resisting’ includes ‘with violence’ … not to mention that the law cannot apply when police have no legal authority … which they do not have over peaceful protesters, nor, of course, over the press

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