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).
UPDATE: Jasmine Richards was sentenced on Tuesday to 90 days in Los Angeles County jail with 18 days credit and probation.
This is not a joke.
On the eve of sentencing for Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Nicole Richards, a juror has sent a letter to the judge requesting a minimum sentence.
Juror #6, a white male, sent Superior Court Judge Elaine Lu a letter in which he said, “I feel sick for upholding a law in which I do not believe, but I did so in the service of a judicial system in which I do believe.”
Richards, a leader of the Pasadena chapter of Black Lives Matter, was convicted last Thursday of the felony charge of attempting to unlawfully remove a suspect from police officers, commonly referred to in California state law as “felony lynching.”
Juror #6 explained that, “in this circumstance, relatable to driving 67 mph in a 65-zone, the true injustice (informally speaking) and political misstep was the decision to prosecute to the furthest extent of the law.”
“Now in return I ask you please honor this request to deliver the minimum possible sentence for Ms. Richards.”
He closed the letter by stating, “I hope I can continue to have faith and trust in this judicial system.”
The maximum sentence is four years although the judge could sentence Richards to probation.
State Senator Holly Mitchell issued a statement late Monday saying that, “it is difficult, when viewing the video of Jasmine Richards’ encounter with the police, to follow the reasoning behind a felony conviction. Sadly, this case is likely to contribute to the notion that justice is selectively enforced. It is my hope that Jasmine Richards’ sentencing is handled fairly and with a lenience that signals a less brutal style of law enforcement and less divisive rhetoric.”
Mitchell is the author of SB 629, a bill signed into law that deleted the law’s use of the term ‘lynching’ to define the crime of unlawfully removing someone from police custody.
Since Richards’ conviction over 77, 000 signatures have been gathered online on a letter of support to be presented to Judge Lu Tuesday.
Richards’ sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 at 8:30 a.m. at the Pasadena Courthouse located at 300 E. Walnut in Pasadena.
She is represented by civil and human rights attorney Nana Gyamfi.