Trishawn Carey is now looking at 25 years to life imprisonment after putting her hands on a police beating stick during a scuffle on a Los Angeles sidewalk.
Carey, a 34-year-old homeless woman can be seen on a surveillance video walking the periphery of a fight between a police officer and another civilian. At one point, she is seen picking up a baton that was dropped by one of the LAPD officers at the scene. Deputy District Attorney Gregory Denton says that Carey tried to attack the officer in the heart of the fight. As a result, Carey has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon against the authorities and resisting arrest. However, Carey is never seen waving or hitting anyone with the baton in the footage.
The Defense attorney Milton Grimes asserts that possession of a baton doesn’t equate to assault, and that there’s no legal basis for which Carey was arrested. He believes this arrest is an attempt to create a distraction from the police shooting death of an unarmed homeless Black man, Charly Keunang, that occurred in March.
Carey has suffered from and been hospitalized for mental illness in the past. She was previously in jail for five months. On Wednesday, Carey’s bail dropped from over $1 million to $50,000. She maintains her innocence, simply saying that she was at the wrong place and that she surrounded herself with the wrong people.
[SOURCE: HUFFINGTON POST]