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65 court appearances over misdemeanors: The unrelenting prosecution of Cherise Rogers

65 court appearances over misdemeanors: The unrelenting prosecution of Cherise Rogers

July 30, 2011

By Dan Bluemel

Cherise Rogers (Dan Bluemel / LA Activist)

April 6, 2007 is a day Cherise Rogers will never forget.

It was the beginning of an average Friday, or so she thought. Twenty-five-years-old and not long out of college, she was working as a clerk typist for the Los Angeles Police Department. She just finished her shift, which ended at one in the morning.

Driving to her grandparents home along Century Boulevard in Inglewood, she noticed a police
car behind her with its lights flashing. Rogers pulled over.

Soon she will be tackled by five officers, handcuffed, pepper-sprayed and sitting in the back of a patrol car. The next four years will be consumed by 65 court appearances, trying to clear her name and regain a once bright future.

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Steve Cooley Lost the Election for State Attorney General!

Well, I got 2 of my wishes granted in this past November election, with the most important wish being that Los Angeles County District Attorney STEVE COOLEY (Republican) lose the race for State Attorney General & he did!!! He actually conceded the day before Thanksgiving, so I can say I am truly Thankful for that! 🙂

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris (Democrat) took home the VICTORY!

It took a full 3 weeks to get the final results & boy oh boy was I relieved, excited,  ecstatic & full of laughter all in one!  I think I did a flip when I learned this Great news.

What makes this such a funny story to me, is the fact Mr. Cooley, the egotistical & arrogant man that he is, declared Victory on election night.  Giving us an early victory speech only for him to wake up the next morning & see he was no longer in the lead.

That was so HILARIOUS & a one of a kind move only a man like Cooley could make!!! I’ve never heard anyone give an early acceptance speech only to find out in the end they lost! That must make him feel pretty low as a human being if I must say so myself.  And I’d guess he does feel pretty low & that’s why he did not attempt to show his face upon his loss.

A man who is quick to jump the gun when he ‘thinks’ he is a winner but hides behind his campaign team when he ‘knows’ he lost tells you the type of man he is! That move alone tells alot about this man named Cooley. He’s just not as COOL as he thought.

In his written concession speech he stated,

“I take great pride in the fact that I received the endorsement of every law enforcement organization in this race as well as that of every major daily newspaper in California but one.”

I bet you do take pride in that Steve.  That’s because you help cover-up the wrongdoings of all these rogue cops out here who are running a muck.  They all know they can count on you to make sure they never get found at fault for all these unjustified homicides, excessive force cases, acts of misconduct etc.  And being you are a crook yourself, who is out here trying to line your pockets at the public’s expense (Double Dipping), you were the man they saw fit for the job…. but THANK GOD you were not selected!!!  🙂 California has spoken!

You are now officially a LOSER, Steve!  How does it feel to know you couldn’t pull this win even though you were very confident you could?? I’m curious.

Now us Angelenos have to deal with Cooley in the District Attorney’s Office until 2012 & that is when we can officially say,

‘GOOD RIDDANCE COOLEY, YOU ARE NO LONGER WANTED HERE! SAYONARA!!’

Fictitious Business Name – Doing Business As: BatteredByPD

Cherise Rogers has now Registered the name Batteredbypd.

Nov. 2nd – Election Day is Here

Well the time has come for us to once again head to the polls to cast our good ‘ole American vote.  This is a very important election for us here in California; we have a lot at stake.

First and foremost we are electing a new governor, thank God Schwarzenegger is about to be outta here.

The two candidates running for Governor this year are Jerry Brown (Democrat)  & Meg Whitman (Republican).

Let’s just say Whitman IS NOT getting my vote!

However the most important vote for me goes to the State Attorney General position.

It’s important to me due to the candidate running on the Republican side: Los Angeles County District Attorney STEVE COOLEY!

Oh NO!!!!!  Not COOL at all!!! NO COOLEY!!!

This is the same man who has allowed his District Attorney’s office the opportunity to maliciously prosecute me for over 3 1/2 years, taking me to court 63 times on a  misdemeanor case which they all know is full of LIES.

This is the same man who has allowed his office to take me to trial 3 times, spending hundreds of thousands of YOUR TAX DOLLARS while adding additional charges on me 3 years later just to hedge their chances of winning at least 1 trial…after they see their case is too WEAK to stand a chance at a conviction!

This is the same man who is using his political power to help his KNOWN buddy, High Ranking District Attorney Janice Maurizi, protect her LYING ABUSIVE SON,  Los Angeles County Sheriff Detective Chris Maurizi get off with assaulting women on the job.

This is also the same man who sent his daughter, Shannon Cooley, to represent against me at court appearance #61 this past June when I was supposed to turn myself in, I guess to send a message that he has the power….At least that’s what I took from it.  What other reason would his daughter have to be at my hearing representing against me the day I was supposed to get locked up???  Not for support!!!!!

These are just a few of my PERSONAL reasons COOLEY should NOT be elected as our State Attorney General.  He has shown me he is corrupt and will only look out for himself & his fellow comrades when he has too….even if that means RUINING INNOCENT PEOPLES LIVES in the process. He doesn’t care!! He’s an all for self type of guy that I can’t see helping our state out at all!

And it wasn’t a coincidence the City of Bell Scandal got exposed right before this election.  Cooley was informed of the scandal a year and a half ago but neglected to do anything about it….WHY?? Because he had to wait until Election Season was here of course…so he could act as if he was the hero saving the day!!!

Oh it’s to be noted alot of Law Enforcement agencies in California endorsed Cooley.  Wonder why? Because once he gets in office, he will PROTECT cops at all costs…

KAMALA HARRIS FOR CALIFORNIA STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL!!!!


Another important issue being voted on is PROP 19, the legalization of being in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana if over 21 years of age.

Most people know how I am voting on this, specifically because my case revolved all around me inadvertently being in possession of 0.3 grams of marijuana.  That small amount of marijuana is why DETECTIVE CHRIS MAURIZI claims he pulled me out my car at 1:30AM on April 6, 2007 without a reason. He stated that he saw this marijuana when he 1st approached my vehicle but didn’t want to tell me he saw it because he thought I was going to try and destroy it so instead he says nothing & pulls me out the vehicle at 1:30AM all while I’m unaware of what’s going on. (That’s the fabricated story he wants everyone to believe…Maurizi never saw any marijuana until after I was pulled out the car, thrown to the ground, assaulted by 5 men, choked, & pepper sprayed twice….It was then that my car was searched & he found the marijuana cigarette, not in the beginning of the traffic stop (That I was found NOT GUILTY of)  as he’d like you to believe.  But he used the marijuana as his excuse so he could say he had PROBABLE CAUSE to pull me out my car….LIAR!)

And this is one of the many reasons I am voting YES on PROP 19.  After doing research, Blacks & Latinos are getting screwed over by the system at a much higher rate than Whites, all for being in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana & I’m sick of it. Sick of the Injustice!

So with that said YES ON PROP 19!!!!!

HAPPY VOTING FOLKS….LET’S SEE HOW IT ALL PLAYS OUT!!!

STAY TUNED……………………

My Life Has Been Ruined Behind Police Lies

I decided I need to share with the world how this whole case full of lies has completely ruined my life.  While these lying officers have got promotions & moved on in their lives,  nearly 4 years later, my life is at a complete standstill due to this case & me trying to seek the justice I very well deserve!

Even with my bachelors degree, I can’t even get a minimum wage job because they tell me to come back after the misdemeanor is cleaned up.  I’m being treated like a felon or someone who really committed a heinous crime.  This is crazy!   The fact this was my first ‘iffy‘ arrest ever, one would think it wouldn’t effect my life the way it has but hey, we were all in for a shocker!

Once you get in the system, your life is pretty much screwed.  It doesn’t even matter if the cop is a liar, all the cop has to do is say it happened & get his fellow comrades to cooberate the story & then your life is FOREVER screwed behind it.

Just thought I’d share that info real quick….Thanks for reading!

The Fight must go on until Justice is served!!!!

New Trial Date is Now Set For November 16, 2009

Last time I wrote, trial was to begin October 29th, but when I got there it was postponed until November 16th due to LAPD’s failure to provide my attorney with the audio recordings of the 5 officers statements regarding the incident that occurred April 6, 2007.  The 5 officers involved in this incident spoke individually to Internal Affairs with LAPD, providing them with their side of what happened that night.  They told so many lies leading to me being discharged from my employment with LAPD, that my lawyer needs these audio recordings to IMPEACH these suckers on the stand!!!

The main necessity of the tapes is to prove INGLEWOOD PD was involved that night.  During my criminal case, Inglewood PD has been trying to act like they were not a part of the arrest now that is has come this far.  Inglewood claims they didn’t write a police report or anything of the sort regarding them putting their hands on me on that night!  They are trying to weasel their way out of this case but they seem to have forgotten they gave a lengthy description of the incident to my employer leading to my DISCHARGE.  So if they could tell all those lies to my job to get me fired, I need them to go ahead and get on the stand and tell those same LIES  and explain how they didn’t go back to the station and do a write-up of their involvement with me that night!  They did no write-ups at all, but when interviewed by Internal Affairs 2-4 months after the incident they were able to detail everything that occurred!! STRANGE!!

How could that be if they had no report to reflect on???  Is it common for an officer to recall blow for blow what happened on an arrest 3 months after it happened and they had no report written to at least refresh the memory!!!  HMMMMMMM

This showed me that all 5 OFFICERS got together to make up this story & they memorized it for the very purpose of being interviewed.  All I know is tomorrow is my set trial date again & it’s time for them to start shaking in their BOOTS!!

Cherise is still here to get her JUSTICE no matter how long it takes!!!

I’ll update you all when I come from court tomorrow!!

A FALSE Warrant put out for my Arrest…..What will they do next?

Within the past couple months, it has become clear that the District Attorney’s office/Sheriff’s Department is intent on making this case a LIVING NIGHTMARE for me!

Brief recap: June 16th, 2009, was my completion date to have my community service hours finished in lieu of last years conviction (51 Hours to be done).  At the end of trial, I was given the return-to-court slip stating that I was to return to Torrance Courthouse on that day.

However, I decided on June 15th, to go handle this matter, because I was going to file an extension since I had not fully completed the hours yet, and I wanted to take care of this matter a day before it was due, just in case they were going to play games with me.  I arrived at Torrance Courthouse with the intent on getting my extension only to be hit with some STARTLING INFO!

The clerk told me that I wasn’t to report there but to INGLEWOOD Courthouse  June 16th  & that my file was no longer at TORRANCE Courthouse, so she couldn’t help me.

I was confused & upset!  How was my court location changed without my knowledge?  Why wasn’t I notified of the switch in locations??? Were they trying to make me miss my court date/time so they could issue out a warrant?? I just happened to go up there the day before the given courtdate, so had I waited until the actual given court date, I would have been screwed due to uncontrollable circumstances! WOW!

The clerk apologized for this inconvenience and told me that my file had been transferred to Inglewood Court June 8, 2009 and that I would need to go there to file my community service extension and to handle any further activities.  She said this was “weird,” which of course, I agreed! She then gave me a printout of court case, which showed my next scheduled event was 6/16/09 8:30 AM for Proof of Community Service at Inglewood Courthouse.

I then went over to Inglewood Court that same day (June 15) and got my extension filed until July 17, 2009.  That was the date the clerk gave me, as well as a little unnecessary attitude because she couldn’t understand why I needed more time to finish…….  Outside of that, I was done.  I got my extension and she let me know that I did not have to return to court until July 17th with my completion letter.

Fast forward to July 1st: I had taken a 2 week vacation from thinking about my case, which at times consumes me, and was now ready to get back on track.  Since I knew the three dismissed charges had been reversed May 27th, I wanted to know what the next step was going to be in this “criminal process.”

I called the Inglewood Court Criminal Clerks Office, and after giving out my information, I was told that I had a $10,000 WARRANT OUT FOR MY ARREST!!!!

I almost fell out!  A warrant?? Ive never had a warrant before?? How do I have a warrant? For what? Just so many questions running through my mind….

She explained that I had this warrant due to FAILURE TO APPEAR for my PRETRIAL on June 17, 2009….& that neither me or my lawyer showed up & the only way to get the warrant cleared up is to come to court and speak to the judge.

I was so ANGRY!!! I let her know that I had not received any type of notification letting me know of a PRETRIAL date, so how could I be issued a warrant??

What made this more strange, is the fact that this alleged  PRETRIAL date was just 2 days after I had went to TORRANCE Court & INGLEWOOD Court about my community service.  The lady had gave me a printout showing June 16th was my only upcoming court date, nothing else!

My lawyer had even went to Inglewood Courthouse on the 16th because I had forgot to tell her I got the extension that day before. She told me she spoke with the clerks office and nobody mentioned a court date for that very next day to her either!!!

They were obviously playing games with me!  How does a court date magically appear on the calendar within a day??  I had just received the printout so if I had PRETRIAL in 2 days, it would have been on the printout.  And then just to think I was driving around for those 2 full weeks of having a WARRANT out for my ARREST…..That thought just sent chills down my spine because I could have been pulled over and arrested for something I knew nothing of!!

That very next day, My lawyer & I went to court, July 2nd, to clear this matter up.  When before the judge, we were notified that INGLEWOOD Courthouse did not even have jurisdiction to issue me a warrant and that it was issued out wrongfully.  Also the judge noted that me nor my lawyer were receiving any notifications about my court case since there were no proof of service forms filed by the DA’s office…..THEY WERE TRYING TO GET ME!!

Current Update & Random Thoughts

Alot has went on since the last time I posted.  I’m sorry I don’t update as often as I should, but due to the ongoing nature of my case,  I am rather skeptical on what I should post.  But I can say that they have continued to try and make my life HELL!!!  As I have previously stated, the DA’s office is going hard on trying to get a conviction from my case.  It’s coming to the 2 1/2 year mark (October 6) since I started fighting this misdemeanor case and I have had my life stalled all because of these officers lies!!!

I’m currently unemployed, been this way since LAPD wrongfully fired me in January 2008 behind the Sheriff Lies,  and can’t seem to find a job at all (I’ve been blackballed).  Not only did this happen at the worst time (Recession) but it happened right when I was about to flourish in life since I had just graduated from college with my B.A. in Child & Adolescent Development.

I simply can’t understand how I am still in limbo on this case, and the City of LA claims to be broke!!  They have no problem spending nearly a MILLION DOLLARS on trying to prosecute me on misdemeanor charges for 2 1/2 years.

However, I see what their tactic is…They tried dragging this case out as long as they could, in hopes I would give up!!  They thought the longer they took with getting me to trial, I’d settle & just take a plea deal.  They wanted me to go broke, get tired & weary.  Well they have me HIGHLY mistaken!!  They have given me nothing but time to work on getting JUSTICE for me & my life!!!

I am making sure the LA SHERIFFS, INGLEWOOD PD, & LAPD all pay for the HELL they have put me through for so long!!

Cherise

The Corrupt Blue Line

The Corrupt Blue Line

You never know from day to day what tomorrow might bring.
You could go from prosperity, to losing everything.
A turn of events, though unexpected could change your life forever.
We all say “It won’t happen to me,” but trust me don’t say never.

I have to tell Cherise’s story. You might find it hard to believe.
But when you understand the truth, I’m sure that you will grieve
A magnificent girl of poise and beauty, she really had it all.
Education and a good job, but then there came the fall.

One night while driving home from work about two years ago,
The L.A. Sheriffs stopped Cherise. Why? We just don’t know.
There was no reason then or now or for what else they did do.
They beat Cherise and tortured her, till she was black and blue.

Was that the end? No my friend. The abuse was oh so wrong.
To protect themselves from prosecution, they sang a different song.
They made up lies that they were attacked, that force was necessary.
At one hundred and ten pounds, she’s just really not that scary.

For two long years they’ve drug this out, to disrespect her name.
She lost her job and lives in fear, and for this they show no shame.
To keep from crossing “The Corrupt Blue Line” her life they would destroy.
No remorse for what they had done, they live their lives in sinful joy.

In and out of court for months, Cherise has been made to go.
Now she waits for the judge to decide and finally let her know.
Will the judge be biased? or will justice at last prevail?
Justice says the crooked cops should all spend time in jail.

Through it all, I must say, I’ve really been impressed.
Cherise has kept her head up high while facing every test.
Always worried, always scared, but seldom letting on.
Jumping all the hurdles placed, meeting everyday head on.

I know she has shed a million tears, and believe me so have I.
You’d have to be a LA. cop or worse if it didn’t make you cry.
Whatever happens from here on out, I’m going to place my bet.
With God’s help, Cherise will prevail; she’ll be the winner yet.

Written by: Nick Devisa

05/17/09