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.
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…