Juror in Black Lives Matter Lynching Trial Requests Minimum Sentencing

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.”

Jasmine Richardson Juror LetterJasmine Richardson Juror Letter 2

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.


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  • GeneralJeff

    Wow!!!!!…..Juror #6 truly poured their heart and feelings into this plea for the most minimal of sentences, while questioning the basis of American law- all at the same time….Kudos to Juror #6 for having the guts to do so!

  • JP

    Good. People of ALL races are growing tired of this race card BS. It’s become a license to commit crimes and working class Blacks are disgusted with BLM!

  • Bunny_Power

    good?? that a juror is asking for a minimum sentence of a law that was invented to give the police power when someone was trying to save a loved one from being lynched. Are you nuts. Do you even understand that?? Why the hell would working class people be disgusted with this law….because it was used against a BLM activist? Who the fuck wants to know a black person who thinks that way??

  • CitizenV2

    Um, so you support harboring, aiding, and abetting a criminal?

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  • That’s kind of inaccurate but the point is no I didn’t answer the questions that were meant for the police department.

  • Does the PD have their own spokesperson?

  • I would do what is right, as much as I hate to say that, in this situation, jury nullification…

  • WHY was this a felony beef??????? I find that ODD, and very disturbing.

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  • Bunny_Power

    puleeeze!! you got that from the law? It was invented to stop black family members from helping those being dragged to their deaths for no reason…NO REASON…at all. Do you miss the days of lynching the black man / woman / child??

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