Breitbart News which religiously attacks transgender people of all ethnicities published an article about the conviction of Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Richards framing its as a right VS left issue. What’s really disturbing, is that at the moment the Breibart article is number one in google searches.
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The leader of a Black Lives Matter chapter in Pasadena, California, was convicted this week on a felony charge that was known as “lynching” until recently, for her alleged role in a confrontation with police last year. Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation changing the law’s name after a different black activist was charged with lynching last year.
Today, California Penal Code § 405a uses the title “Attempting to Unlawfully Remove a Suspect from Police Officers” to describe the crime of “taking by means of a riot of any person from the lawful custody of any peace officer.” The 2015 arrest of Sacramento Black Lives Matter activist Maile Mae Hampton under that charge, which activists saw as an attempt to chill protests against the police, prompted lawmakers to change the name from “lynching,” as the crime had previously been known.
Jasmine Richards was convicted under the newly renamed law on Wednesday, Pasadena Now reports. In August 2015, Richards was among a group of protesters who allegedly interfered with the arrest of a woman who was accused of failing to pay for a meal she ordered at a restaurant.
Bystander video of the arrest, published by Pasadena Now, shows a chaotic scene. Witnesses can be heard shouting at police that they are treating the woman too roughly, and alleging that she had also been roughed up by an employee of the restaurant.
You can read the transcript of the interview here
Source Color of Change petition #FreeJasmine: No Jail Time for Black Lives Matter Organizer Wrongfully Convicted of ‘Lynching’ “In a perverse misapplication of a 1933 California law intended to stop lynch mobs from forcibly removing detainees from police custody and engaging in public murders of Black people, Black Lives Matter organizer Jasmine “Abdullah” Richards was convicted of attempted felony “lynching” on June 1, 2016.”
“The 29 year-old lead organizer for the Pasadena Black Lives Matter chapter was found guilty of charges related to an attempt to shield a Black woman from what she believed to be unlawful detainment by Pasadena police, following a “Peace March” that she and the chapter organized. While there are no allegations of violence and no injuries suffered, the peaceful gathering of 15-20 children, mothers, and community members was dubbed a “riot” by the prosecutor – a necessary element to the “lynching” charge.”