Black Lives Matters Activist Probation Status Reinstated, Misdemeanor Charges Dropped

Jasmine Richards also sentenced to community service; charges could have brought two years in jail

Published : Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | 6:15 AM

LeaderFirstShotffRichardsThe probation status of controversial Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards was reinstated Tuesday, and a misdemeanor charge of Interfering with an Police Officer was dropped, following her arrest in August by Pasadena Police at the Community Arms Apartments.

According to Michael Dowd, Pasadena’s Chief Assistant City Prosecutor, the Pasadena City Prosecutor’s Office was handling a misdemeanor case in which Richards was charged with a violation of Penal Code section 148(a) – Resisting, Obstructing, or Delaying a Peace Officer. At the same time, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office was handling her felony revocation of probation case for a charge of Penal Code section 664/405a.

“Ms. Richards admitted a violation of her felony probation,” said Dowd.

Richards had been on probation for over a year after her conviction on a charge of Attempting to Remove a Prisoner from Police Custody, which is a felony. At the time of her arrest, the charge was referred to in the penal code as “lynching,” a technical legal title since changed, attracting nationwide interest in the case.

For her admission, Richards had her felony probation reinstated, was ordered to do community service, and was told by the judge that any further violations of probation would result in far more severe sanctions against her.

According to Dowd, Richards will continue on her felony probation on the case handled by the District Attorney’s Office and will need to show proof of completion of her community service to the court in the future. She is also required to abide by the terms of her felony probation.

Richards could have received up to two years in prison for the parole violation, and up to one year in county jail on the misdemeanor case, said Dowd.