(Or at least as far as I know she is.)
Her name is Jasmine Richards, and she was arrested by Pasadena PD last month six days after a peaceful demonstration marking the first anniversary of the murder-by-police of Kendrick McDade, whose mother, Anya Slaughter, was with her at the protest. The group had made demands for more answers to the apparent investigation into his death. Local prosecutors had deemed his killing justifiable, saying that officers believed that McDade was armed due to the fact that the man who’d phoned 911 for help in the ‘armed robbery’ of his taco truck had told them so. As it turned out, he was unarmed.
Jasmine, who Tweets as #blmDena, had also been active in the Ferguson protests after the execution of Michael Brown by police, so she may have been quite well-known to the Officers Friendly in both cities.
And he put his hand in his waistband ‘just outside the police car’, and bam! Well, you can read the official version here, but
“She is currently being held on a $90,000 bail and activists say that some other charges have been added to the terror charge.
A press statement from BLM-Los Angeles (BLM-LA) said just hours before Jasmine was slated to attend the Pasadena City Council meeting and share new information from the Office of Independent Review’s Gennaco report on the police brutal killing of black person- Kendrec McDade, police officers took Jasmine into custody [on March 30].
“Initially citing a “failure to appear” charge, police later amended that with charges of making “terrorist threats”, trespassing, petty theft, assault and evading the police”, the statement said.” [snip]
“Kendrec McDade was said to have been brutally executed by Pasadena police officers Newlen and Griffin on March 24, 2012. After shooting Kendrec 8 times without even bothering to get out of their patrol car, the police then ran over his body and left him bleeding on the street for an hour and a half. No call for paramedics, or even a call to his mother who he cried for as he was dying was made. His mother is said to have learned of the death of her son in the newspaper the next day.
Meanwhile, police officers Newlen and Griffin still patrols the streets of Pasadena as free men, without even being picked up for questioning in connection to the grave crime they had committed against this innocent black gentleman.
Melina Abdullah, another organizer of BLM, said that ever since Jasmine took part in that protest, police have targeted her in order to discredit her work as a community leader in Pasadena.
“As an active member of Black Lives Matter – Pasadena, Jasmine Richards’ activism against police brutality has made her a highly visible target for police harassment. These current charges are an attempt by law enforcement officials to mis-characterize Jasmine and undermine her work as a galvanizing force in the Black community of Pasadena”, she said.”
But here’s where it gets weird. I’d been monitoring Jasmine’s Twitter account for news updates, and there’s oddly been nothing posted since April 20, including no mention as to whether her bail had been crowd-funded, and if it had, had the cops let her out of jail, as sometimes happens, and with charges of ‘Ter’ism’, who knows?
Zo. A-googling I went again this morning, and discovered this piece at the Pasadena Star dated April 3, and protestors had still been crowd-funding on April 18: ‘Local Pasadena activist Jasmine Richards released from jail’ (after posting bail) The piece says that neither Richards nor BlackLivesMatter organizers could be reached for comments.
Now it turns out that the San Gabriel Valley Tribune had obtained court documents they published on March 26 that showed a small portion of the LA County’s Office of Independent Review investigation into the case citing that “in the wake of the officer-involved slaying of Kendrec McDade criticized the officers for “repeated tactical errors” they committed in the moments before the teen’s death”. The bad news is that under incredible pressure by the police officers union, and aided by a panel of judges, the OIR report has been sealed from ‘public scrutiny’ just as ‘personnel jackets are, and must be’. (Pfffft.) Their report “criticized the officers for “repeated tactical errors” they committed in the moments before the teen’s death”, much in the way Richards said, Richards’ claim that new information had been leaked to her, and that she intended to read into the City Council’s record, leaves one wondering what’s afoot.
Questions: Have the police and their supporters effectively neutralized her by possibly: making her a deal consisting of lowering her bail in trade for not speaking out to the Pasadena City Council? Or not speaking out to the press or even via BlackLivesMatter? Not even #BlackLivesMatterLA’s Facebook page is saying anything (except for the many racist trolls, that is). Or is this just my brand of Coincidence Theory speaking? Did someone higher up in the Power Structure decide that charge wouldn’t even be a bailable offense, and reduce it?
Update: It’s not a great excuse as excuses go, but some past brain damage, among other things, caused me to have epic trouble with Time, including just about every measure of it: years, months, days, and so on. Last night I realized that I’d meant to include a video of Jasmine speaking, but not the one I’m about to embed. This came from a link I included above, and hadn’t finished due to the poor sound quality. But oy; it’s dated April 8, five days after the date that pasadenanews.com published her release on April 3. I’m starting at the point she describes her bail reduction, etc. Still, she gives no clues as to why those charges are being pursued.
Anyway, please accept my apologies, and know I’ll update this thread as I do find news on her court date.
Moar Potential Terrorist Dissidents:
From eastbayexpress.com: ‘Counter-Terrorism Officials Helped Track Black Lives Matter Protesters; A cache of California Highway Patrol emails provides a glimpse into how anti-terrorism agents helped law enforcement officials monitor Black Lives Matter protesters on the web’
“The Twitter user @domainawareness, whose tweets were collected by the police and used as intel, reviewed some of the CHP emails that we obtained. “It’s the coordination that’s disturbing,” said @domainawareness, whom the Express has agreed to not identify. “Everything’s totally fusion center-oriented and the information is going very high up.” [snip]
“Another email circulated among CHP commanders on December 11 included a two-page brief on the department’s undercover operations in Oakland and Berkeley in which at least four CHP officers were “[e]mbedded with protesters.” According to the brief, these were Terrorism Liaison Officers from CHP’s Investigative Services Unit (ISU).” SWAT teams were often called for backup in such terrifying events like ‘bridge shutdowns’ and the like.”
Let’s hear from @domainawareness him/herself:
“Still, National Guard spokesman Capt. Quinn defended the militarized language as standard for the planning process ahead of deployment.
In an email to CNN, he said the documents used in the Ferguson mission briefings were “a generic military planning format utilized in a wide range of military missions, so the term ‘enemy forces’ would be better understood as ‘potential threats.’ Often in Guard operations, threats would include inclement weather, heat, failing levees, etc.“
Thanks, Captain Quinn; ‘your enemies’ were akin to inclement weather; what a bloody relief to know!
But c’mon! We need moar fusion centers, cuz 72 of them (as of just 2010) aren’t enough for Fighting the domestic Rabble Enemy Protestors via Total Information Awareness, nossir.
Now, who are the Terrorists, again?
Well, you get the ‘so many bad apples’ drift.
Bonus from the Guardian: ‘Cubans to open talks about US fugitives including Assata Shakur as ties warm: State Department says Cuba has agreed to open talks about two of the most-wanted US fugitives following re-establishment of diplomatic ties’
Before you flip your zoris, at least for now we don’t need to be too worried.
“A Cuban government spokesman did not return calls seeking comment on Wednesday, but Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s top diplomat for US affairs, recently ruled out any return of political refugees.
On Tuesday night she said that “the Cuban government recognizes the president of the United States’ just decision to take Cuba off a list in which it should never have been included.”
(The list was ‘state sponsors of Terror‘)
So, we can hope that Cuba stays solid on not extraditing Assata to the US. Hint: @Assata Speaks is probably not one of the CIA’s fake Twitter accounts.