Posts from the ‘police brutality’ Category

Mitrice Richardson & the Cover-Ups by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

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City of Inglewood Elected Officials

My incident occurred in the City of Inglewood on Century Bl. & Yukon Ave on April 6, 2007. It involved 2 Inglewood Police Officers: Officer Alvaro Ruiz #884 (Who I caught following me in November 2010 & I took the picture of) & Officer Jose Estrada #883 (The officer who choked me that night of my arrest).  Estrada has since been terminated as a police officer as of 2009 but I have been unable to find out the reason for his termination. (I have been told that he was one of the cops who shot an unarmed man but haven’t had that confirmed.) 

It should be noted that these 2 officers never wrote a police report in regards to them putting their hands on me that night.  When it came time for them to give a statement to my employer, LAPD, 3 months after the incident occurred they were able to give detailed information about my ‘irate & violent’ behavior in great detail but had no report to reflect on…just their memory. 

In January 2010, for my 2nd trial, my attorney had Officer Ruiz subpoenaed to come to court  to testify but when he arrived he informed her he did not recall what happened approx. 3 yrs prior so she let him go. Fast forward to September 2010 for my LAPD Administrative Appeal Hearing, Ruiz was called by LAPD Internal Affairs to testify & he showed up testifying in great detail about how I acted 3+ years ago without any report to reflect on…He even described me worse than he did in 2007 which was odd b/c he supposedly didn’t remember my case 8 months earlier but seemed to have gained all his memory back to make sure I didn’t get my job back with LAPD.

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These are the major players who I’d think would need to be contacted within the City of Inglewood to inform them of what happened in their city as well as educate them on the officers actions involved.

*Officer Ruiz and his following me & Ex-Officer Estrada and his pattern of violence*

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Inglewood Mayor James Butts

(310) 412-5300

http://www.cityofinglewood.org/city_hall/mayor/default.asp

Inglewood Citizen Police Oversight Commission

http://www.cityofinglewood.org/city_hall/commcomm/police_oversight_commission/default.asp

  • David P. Stewart
  • Rita Hall
  • Alan Kaplan
  • Wayne Spencer
  • Joy Brown-Rice
  • Judy Ann Bowles
  • Donald Nicholson

District 4 -City Council Member Ralph Franklin

310.412.5320

http://www.cityofinglewood.org/city_hall/city_council/members/district_4/default.asp

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US Congress District 35 Maxine Waters

http://waters.house.gov/

Los Angeles Office:

10124 South Broadway, Suite 1

Los Angeles, CA 90003

Phone: (323) 757-8900

Fax: (323) 757-9506

Washington, DC Office:

2344 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515-0535

Phone: (202) 225-2201

Fax: (202) 225-7854

http://www.facebook.com/MaxineWaters

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25th Senate District – Democrat Rod Wright

http://dist25.casen.govoffice.com/

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 5064

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 651-4025

 

District Office

One Manchester Blvd., #600

Inglewood, CA 90301

(310) 412-0393

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51st Assembly District – Democrat Steve Bradford

http://www.asmdc.org/members/a51/

Capitol Office:

State Capitol

P.O. Box 942849

Sacramento, CA 94249-0051

Tel: (916) 319-2051

Fax: (916) 319-2151

Monday – Friday | 9am – 5pm

Inglewood Office:

One West Manchester

Boulevard, Suite 601

Inglewood, CA 90301

Tel: (310) 412-6400

Fax: (310) 412-6354

Monday – Friday | 9am – 5pm

Gardena Office:

1700 West 162nd St.,

Suite 107

Gardena, CA 90247

Tel: (310) 516-3880

Fax: (310) 516-3881

Wednesday – Friday |

9am – 1pm

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Now after I was arrested, I was taken to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Lennox Station.  The elected officials for this area are as follows:

 28th Senate District – Democrat Ted Lieu

http://www.tedlieu.com/

http://dist28.casen.govoffice.com/

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 4090

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 651-4028

Fax: (916) 323-6056

District Office

2512 Artesia Blvd., #320

Redondo Beach, CA

90278-3279

Phone: (310) 318-6994

Fax: (310) 318-6733

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000044533865

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Lennox is in the 51st Assembly District as well, ran by Steven Bradford (D) whose info is above.

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California’s 36th Congressional District – Democrat Janice Hahn

http://janicehahn.com/

2513 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance CA 90717

Phone: 323-338-4441

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Janice-Hahn/179387285387

Goodbye 2010……2011 Here I Come!!!!

2011 - I will be coming to a Community near you!

2010 has been a very interesting & stressful year, the most stressful out of the 3 1/2 years I’ve been fighting this Misdemeanor case. 

  • They finally got 2 convictions out of me after having been maliciously prosecuted over & over & over (3 Trials).  They got just what they wanted on April 14, 2010 when I was found Guilty of 2 counts of Resisting Arrest (They added this 2nd Resisting Arrest charge on me the first day of my second trial, January 15, 2010, to hedge up their chances at a conviction).
  • Oh and the 2 Battery on Officer charges they originally had against me were dropped due to a hung jury. 
  • I also got put on 3 years summary probation plus ordered to pay fines & do some community service.

Aside from that, last month I finally had my appeal against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for them Wrongfully Terminating  me as a Clerk Typist on January 15, 2008 behind this case full of LIES & False Allegations.  As of today, I await the results & should receive them in January sometime.

NOTE: At my LAPD appeal I had 5 officers testify against me: 3 Los Angeles Sheriff Deputies, One Inglewood Police Officer & the Los Angeles Police Department Captain who fired me.

So it is quite interesting how my life quickly changed all because of POLICE LIES.  Being I was new to the whole (in)justice system process, I was unaware of all the INJUSTICES that were currently going on around us everyday and it’s quite an epidemic.  I have become so intrigued with the topic of justice & demanding that everyone deserves it, that I have found myself engaging in more & more community events & activities revolving around police brutality, police misconduct, & police murders.  It’s time for people to stand up against the way law enforcement has been able to ruin so many INNOCENT peoples lives while they continue to move on with their lives with no discipline involved.  At the rate it’s going any & everyone is susceptible to police violence!

It’s a tragic shame that the people who are supposed to Protect & Serve the community have found a way to become the enemy by means of terrorizing people by force & intimidation, falsifying reports to cover up their wrongdoings, planting evidence, unjustified homicides, illegal search & seizures, & much, much more etc.  How are people supposed to have faith & trust in the Law when they clearly break it themselves?  Can you answer that???

ALERT! Inglewood Officer Alvaro Ruiz Seemed to be Following Me!

Officer Ruiz standing at the Bus Stop on Crenshaw & Manchester Blvd in Inglewood, CA on November 9, 2010

Now, normally I wouldn’t say anything but this is to be noted.

On November 9, 2010 I was leisurely riding the MTA bus (public transportation) and the bus did its normal stop at the intersection of Manchester & Crenshaw in Inglewood, CA.  As we sat at the bus stop at that location an Inglewood Police Officer happened to board the bus as we sat there.  At first I wasn’t alarmed until I happened to look at the face of this man.

IT WAS INGLEWOOD OFFICER ALVARO RUIZ #884!

Now let me explain to you real quick who Officer Ruiz is.  Officer Ruiz is one of the 5 male officers who helped assist in my battery on the night of April 6, 2007.  He is one of the 2 officers who claims he was holding down my upper back, trying to prevent me from standing up.  What was crazy about seeing him on this particular day was the fact I had ALL my legal documents with  his name written on them in my possession, making my whole body go into a state of shock upon the realization of who he was.

It had only been 2 months since I had to actually see him face to face, which was when he came to Part One of my Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) appeal as a witness, September 15th, to lie on me in hopes of making sure my employment with them is not reinstated.

However, what’s ironic is that when my Criminal Attorney  subpoenaed Officer Ruiz  in January of this year to testify at my trial, he showed up and informed her that he DID NOT recall what happened on April 6, 2007 therefore he could not really testify to it.  But fast forward 8 month, Ruiz all of a sudden gets hit in the head with the MEMORY BUG.  He was at my LAPD appeal giving descriptive details about April 6, 2007 in direct contradiction with what he had stated earlier this year.  You’d be amazed to know this man was able to bring back his whole lapse of memory on this one particular day.  I found that to be extremely odd but given the fact I have witnessed police officers lie repeatedly under oath, nothing is a big shocker anymore.  This is what they seem trained to do!

Now going back to the bus incident, Officer Ruiz entered the bus and said something to the bus driver and then exited.  He proceeded to walk alongside the bus and stopped right alongside my window.  That is when I was clearly able to see his name tag to verify it was him & I snapped this photograph of him above.  Talk about being totally scared & paranoid!  What are the chances that one of the 5 cops who assaulted me would board a bus I’m riding?   I believe in coincidences but this ain’t one I believe in…………

So instead of just sitting there once the bus got moving again, I approached the bus driver to ask him what Ruiz said to him.  (Paranoia at its best)  He informed me Officer Ruiz asked him if there were any trouble makers on the bus, he told him no, & that’s when he exited.   That seemed mighty fishy to me & that is why I had to write about it just so you all would know what’s going on in my world.

The Fight for Justice must go on; I just gotta keep My Eyes Open!!!

Fictitious Business Name – Doing Business As: BatteredByPD

Cherise Rogers has now Registered the name Batteredbypd.

A Meeting With the Sheriff…….The Man in Charge

Above is a picture of Head Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca & Cherise Rogers (Victim of Police Brutality at the hands of his deputies).

This picture was taken on June 7, 2010 at a Community Forum held by NAEJA (National Association for Equal Justice in America) in Compton, CA which was dealing with the topics of Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Improving LA County’s Men’s Central Jail, etc……This was the same day Cherise had to turn herself in & bail out of jail pending the appeal she filed against her two April convictions: 2 counts of Resisting Arrest.

My THIRD TRIAL Begins April 5, 2010…….They Will Stop At Nothing To Try To Get A Conviction!

Two months after my last trial ended with a hung jury,  I am set to begin my THIRD trial on Monday, April 5, 2010.  This is one day before the 3 year anniversary of when this whole nightmare began.  It amazes me that this much time has passed and yet I am still here fighting with all my might, FALSE criminal charges posed against me because the District Attorney’s office keeps refiling.  The District Attorney’s office has went the distance with this case, spending hundreds of thousands of TAXPAYERS dollars trying to prosecute me on something they know is NOT TRUE!  All in the efforts to cover-up the ABUSE & FALSE ARREST I endured April 6, 2007.

Being my case is full of misdemeanor charges as opposed to felonies, they expected me to plead guilty to get this whole thing over with, as statistics show so many people do.  I am letting them know they messed with the wrong person this time.  I AM NOT THE NORM!  I’m a survivor, no matter how hard they’ve tried to knock me down these last 3 years, I’m still STANDING TALL & I’M DETERMINED NOT TO FALL.

They not only beat me physically, but they have also tried their best to beat me economically/monetarily/mentally.  I’ve spent so much time within the court system these past 3 years, seeing an overwhelming amount of INJUSTICE going on, & I now make it my duty to stand up not only for myself, but for all those who have to suffer because of law enforcements use of  excessive (deadly) force & lies.   This is becoming a growing epidemic.  All you see and hear these days are police killing/injuring citizens for no reason at all, other than because they CAN DO IT & they can GET AWAY WITH IT!

I live in the inner city where gangs are prevalent,  however LAW ENFORCEMENT is the GANG I fear daily…the boys in blue, tan or black…whatever their color choice is for that department, I’m most leary of them.  From all angles, they have literally showed  me how crooked & corrupt they can be.  If they mess up, it seems it’s best for them to put the blame on anybody else but themselves.  Like in my case, they battered me yet in turn they claim I battered them, trying to cover-up their wrong doings, that’s their tactic.

Overall, I can’t wait for this trial to begin and end.  It amazes me this will be my third time having to testify in a criminal case.  But it also made my day knowing the District Attorney’s office has been reading my blog.  They let it be known at my last trial that they came across it….hmmmmmm.  Very Interesting!!  So to them I say:

Thanks for taking the time to read about how crooked & corrupt you all are.  Reading this blog can be a very therapeutic way for you all to see how you guys actually look & reflect to the public eye. Keep reading as I will keep posting!

Ok…last but not least, I need to state that Los Angeles County, District Attorney Steve Cooley is running for California State Attorney General this year.  We can not allow that man to RUN (RUIN) OUR STATE!!!  He can’t even control his crooked/corrupt District Attorney’s office so I can’t imagine what this state would be like with him having a little bit of power!! Yikes!!

No STEVE COOLEY!!!   No STEVE COOLEY!!!

Oh & also remember Detective/Deputy Christopher Maurizi, the deputy who pulled me over & began this lying/battery game, his mother is high- ranking Deputy District Attorney Janice L. Maurizi…….So you wonder why it’s so much corruption going on??  Wonder no more…this Mom is trying to protect her ABUSIVE, OVER AUTHORITATIVE son, as well as her OWN NAME, as well as STEVE COOLEY’S name….since he is running for a state office.  It’s politics,  they just thought I wouldn’t figure it all out.  THEY WERE WRONG!

(It’s to be noted that the ONLY reason I know about Jan Maurizi being the mother of this LYING DEPUTY, Chris Maurizi,  is because the District Attorney’s office tried to use her as an INTIMIDATION factor at the beginning of my case.  They asked my lawyer did we know who we were up against and advised that I might as well NOT FIGHT  because of who she was and her high ranks.)

They didn’t realize that would make me FIGHT harder! It’s time for the corruption & cover-ups to be exposed!

Until next time……………………………

Finally Went To Trial In January of 2010, However The Criminal Case Still Isn’t Over

Well friends, family & followers:

It has happened. After all the delays & postponements, I finally went to trial last month on the 3 charges – 2 counts of battery on an officer & 1 count resisting arrest – (in fact in order to hedge their chances of winning,  District Attorney Patrick Carey, added an additional charge of resisting arrest on the day the trial began-Jan 15, 2010, bringing me to a total of 4 charges) that the judge had originally thrown out in 2008, and the District Attorney’s office appealed. So here I am again, fighting for my future, my livelihood and my ability to earn a living in my chosen field all because the Sheriff’s department is not willing to admit that they erred in the way they stopped me and the way they handled me (or more correctly mishandled me).

The trial was very trying (7 days) and it was very hard to listen to Deputy/Detective Christopher Maurizi sit on the stand and literally lie about me and my actions and reactions to what he did at the time of my arrest.  I tried very hard not to show my emotions to the court and jury, but it was hurtful and demeaning to hear someone describe me as an ‘out of control’ person who was yelling, screaming and very combative when all I wanted was an explanation as to why he had stopped me in the first place.  The conversation started with a simple, “Hello, Officer, what happened, what did I do?” and ended with me being thrown to the ground, jumped on by 5 full-sized police officers, being choked to almost unconsciousness, being pepper sprayed twice in the face and eyes, being arrested and hog tied and tossed into the back of a police car, and charged with felonies, all for asking the questions, ‘What happened? What did I do?’

What I did learn during the trial however is that, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department policy and procedures and also clearly reinforced by the District Attorney who tried my case is: WHEN STOPPED BY THE SHERIFFS YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS! According to what was said in court and established at my trial, you must obey; you must comply; you must cooperate; you must not speak; you must not question; you must get out of your car; you must go to where you are instructed; you must stand with you legs open (so you are off-balance); you must bend over the hood of their car and if you ask questions or show any form of what the ‘officer’ deems is resistance, then he can physically reach into your automobile, grab you by your clothing and forcibly remove you from the car!!

Now here’s the rub — just a few days after my trial ended, I happened to see a Pasadena Police Officer on the local news responding to fake police officers stopping, harassing, robbing, and whatever else they were doing to people in the City of Pasadena.  The officer on TV was actually instructing all people to question officers who pull you over if you are suspicious of them.  Telling us as citizens, not to just get out the car when approached and also to stop in a well-lit area where there are people around to be safe (Good luck finding this perfectly described scenario at 1:30 in the morning).  She said that the officer is supposed to identify himself and even show some form of I.D. if requested by you.

http://cbs2.com/video/?id=126571@kcbs.dayport.com

Hmmmmmmm….According to this officers logic we as regular citizens in this society can question on-duty officers, which I know is not at all the case in the REAL WORLD!   I felt the description & details  provided were not accurate in today’s day & time to say the least because we deal with REAL officers with authority issues & who don’t respond well with being asked anything at all!  This just confirmed for me that the way I was treated was totally out line and unjustified & also that SOME officers themselves are oblivious to the DEMANDING/AUTHORITATIVE nature of some of these rogue cops.

The main problem I have is that the police department on one hand goes on TV with these ‘community advice’ sessions and they don’t help!  Their suggestions are in direct conflict with what officers are charging and trying people for, for attempting to do exactly what they suggest you do and what I did.

But going back to the topic of my trial…after sitting through the testimony of 2 lying Sheriff Deputies, Deputy Chris Maurizi & Deputy Regan Fitzgerald, who both claim I battered them and 3 days of jury deliberations…the jury came back DEADLOCKED, a hung jury.   The jury kept coming back asking questions, wanting more info to help make a decision, it even got to the point the attorneys on both sides had to do a 2nd closing argument because the judge was wanting a verdict to be reached. But to no avail, the jury could not agree, leaving me once again back at SQUARE ONE because the District Attorney made sure they refiled the case again, but only after trying to offer me an outlandish deal!

PLEAD GUILTY TO RESISTING ARREST, 3 YEARS SUMMARY PROBATION, & 1 YEAR ANGER MANAGEMENT.

I laughed because there is NO WAY they could/would ever get me to take a deal.  Their supposed incentive was that I wouldn’t be receiving jail time if I took the deal, but if I didn’t take it, I need to remember I’m facing serious jail time….yea yea yea ….they can say all they want to, but I never resisted the deputy, so to take a plea is admitting guilt…..I’m NOT GUILTY so why would I plead?

So as of now, I go back to court March 5, 2010 for my trial readiness date.  I should be set to go to trial again before the end of March.  This will be my 3rd time taking the stand to plead my innocence, which is ridiculous considering how BROKE THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES is, but yet & still the DA’s office has NO PROBLEM spending thousands of tax payers dollars on a case that they know is ludicrous & false.

More to come…………………………………………

Dates That Have Great Significance To The Understanding Of My Case

Throughout my plight with this case, I have noticed quite a few days in my fight that are dates of important significance, giving me the ability to understand some things easier as well as providing me the Strength to KEEP UP THE FIGHT!! I see these things as signs:


April 6, 2007 was Good Friday, the day I was BATTERED, FALSELY ARRESTED, & LOCKED AWAY IN A CELL. For those out there that are Christian believers, as I am, know Jesus was BEAT, NAILED to the cross, TAKEN AWAY & put into the TOMB on Good Friday…..and just when the enemies thought HE was DEFEATED, HE ROSE 3 days later!!! Relating this to my situation, God told me near the beginning of this case that JESUS’ 3 days would equate to MY 3 YEARS, and that’s when I would RISE from this situation, so………..  APRIL 6, 2010…Here We Come!

January 15th is MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’s Birthday and in 2008, it was the day LAPD fired me due to the FALSE ALLEGATIONS posed against me by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Two years later, January 15, 2010, I ironically began to pick my jury for the start of my 2nd trial, fighting the remaining 4 charges against me – The D.A. added an extra resisting arrest charge on this same day, taking me from three to four charges all of a sudden after 2 1/2 years.   So as Dr. King once stated, “We Shall Overcome!” – It wasn’t by accident that each of these events happened to me on this day….This let me know I will Overcome!!

June 3, 2008 was the day Barack Obama won the race to become the FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE. This was also the SAME day the 3 charges – 2 counts of battery on an officer & the 1 count of resisting arrest – were DISMISSED by the PRETRIAL JUDGE before my first trial. Leaving me with a reckless driving charge & a possession of less than an ounce of marijuana charge. This just gave me the MOTIVATION to keep FIGHTING & know that a CHANGE can come.

June 16, 2008 was Tupac Shakur’s Birthday and was also MY TRIAL VERDICT DAY at a court location known for its HIGH CONVICTION RATES with cases against the POLICE……where I was found NOT GUILTY on the RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGE. Now for those who know anything about Tupac, know he couldn’t stand the police nor police injustice, so I found it INTERESTING the jury found DEPUTY MAURIZI to be a LIAR and I had the reckless driving charge I was FALSELY ACCUSED of DROPPED on his birthday.

January 27, 2010 was the end of my 2nd TRIAL, where I had a HUNG JURY on the 4 FALSE charges posed against me. (More detail on this to come) This was the same day MICHAEL JACKSON got burned during the Pepsi commercial in ’83 as well as the same day President Obama gave his State of the Union Address saying, “We’ve finished a difficult year..But a new year has come…..I don’t quit. Let’s seize this moment” So I took this to mean, even though I was close to the flame, & they (the police) tried to burn me, I’m not giving up, I must keep up the FIGHT!

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So far this is what I’ve come up with.  To some people, these dates may mean nothing, but to me I feel all these dates of significance mean something important.

I’m Fighting until there is no more Fight in me….and I don’t see that being anytime soon!!

“NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER”

Pictures From the Night of My Arrest (April 6, 2007)

The pictures below were taken the night I was Falsely Arrested & Battered by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LENNOX DIVISION) & Inglewood PD. My lawyer & I received these pictures from the USE OF FORCE Video the Sheriff’s (Sergeant Inge) shot of me the night of the incident. These are still shots from the  footage……….

This was AFTER being CHOKED, having MY HAIR PULLED, PEPPER SPRAYED TWICE, and BEING LEFT IN THE BACKSEAT OF THE POLICE CAR W/ NO AIR TO BREATHE!!!

I DID NOT look like this when I left work (the LAPD PACIFIC DIVISION STATION) only an HOUR prior to this video being shot!!! This is the Result of EXCESSIVE FORCE by 5 MALE DEPUTIES/OFFICERS!

Inside the backseat of the Sheriff's Car