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Local Activist Wounded in Shooting

Black Lives Matters’ Jasmine Richards suffers non-life threatening wound

Published on Monday, January 20, 2020 | 11:52 am
Jamine Richards. File photo

Pasadena Now has learned that local Black Lives Matters’ Jasmine Richards was wounded in a shooting early Friday morning.

Richards was found wounded in her thigh and lying in a driveway in the 500 block of East Washington Avenue by police responding to calls of shots fired shortly after midnight.

Evidence suggested she may have been inside a vehicle when she was shot.

The shooting is being classified as an attempted homicide.

Black Matters activist Jasmine Richards was shot early Friday morning in an incident in the 500 block of East Washington Blvd. At top, a view of the scene shortly after the shooting. Image by RMG News. At bottom, a map showing the location of the shooting.

She was transported to Huntington Hospital for treatment. The wound is not life-threatening.

Police could not provide Pasadena Now with a suspect description.

On Monday Pasadena Police Lt. William Grisafe told Pasadena Now, “There is no evidence to suggest the shooting was anything other than random.”

Richards’ shooting is the third in less than a week. On Wednesday, police responding to shots fired near Lincoln Avenue and Toolen Place, did not find any injured victims, but said a house had been targeted in a drive-by shooting. A nearby car was riddled with bullets in the shooting.

Saturday night, a 20-year-old Pasadena and a 22-year-old Los Angeles man were shot on Painter Street.

Their injuries are not life-threatening. One of the victims was transported to a local hospital. The second was self-admitted for treatment.

Nearby residents said they heard seven to eight shots.

One person in the neighborhood told Pasadena Now he heard seven to eight shots.

“So far there is no evidence tying those shootings together,” Grisafe said.

Richards made headlines in 2015 when she was charged with felony lynching under a then-little known penal code that defined lynching as attempting to remove a person from police custody.

Richards was the first African-American ever actually tried on the charge, although others had been charged for the crime, the charges were later dropped.

In that case, a woman allegedly attempted to leave a local restaurant without paying her bill. The woman eventually ended up at La Pintoresca Park where Richards was holding a rally.

When police tried to arrest the woman, the group interfered, forcing police to circle the woman, while she was being handcuffed, and then blocked the police car.

Historically, the crime of lynching refers to a white mob taking a black person out of the custody of the police not to free them, but to kill them.

Less than two months before Richards was arrested, then-California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation removing the word “lynching” from the penal code.





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