Activist Jasmine Richards in Court After Saturday Arrest

Controversial Black Lives Matter Pasadena founder will face probation hearing on September 22

Published : Monday, September 11, 2017 | 12:57 PM

Supporters of Jasmine Richards left signs in front of the Pasadena Courthouse on Monday, September 11, 2017 before Richards went before a judge regarding two cases arising from an incident over the weekend.

Controversial local activist and founder of Black Lives Matter Pasadena Jasmine Abdullah Richards was in court Monday after being arrested Saturday night for willfully resisting, delaying or obstructing a peace officer, which would constitute a violation of her probation.

According to Pasadena Police Public Information Officer Lt. Tracey Ibarra, “Last Saturday, officers responded to 100 block of East.Orange Grove regarding a group causing some kind of disturbance. When they got there, they saw several people, and some appeared to be gang members, and they were loitering in a courtyard area. Officers went to go make contact with the group. Richards interceded and became confrontational and blocked the officers path, at that point she was then arrested for interfering with officers.”

In releasing Richards “without prejudice,” Superior Court Judge Dorothy Shubin set a date for a probation violation hearing on September 22 in Department H of Pasadena Superior Court.

More than a dozen supporters gathered at the Pasadena Courthouse this morning awaiting Richards’ two separate arraignment hearings, one for the original interference charge, and her probation violation.

Richards is a controversial figure in Pasadena, one who has been outspoken in her criticism of Pasadena Police. She gained notoriety last June after being arrested and convicted on a charge of “attempting to unlawfully remove a suspect from police custody, ” in an incident in August, 2015 at La Pintoresca Park.

During that trial, hundreds showed up outside the Pasadena Courthouse to protest her arrest.


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