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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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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…………………………………………

District Attorney’s Appeal Went in Their Favor

The appeal the District Attorneys office filed against the 3 charges dismissed on June 3, 2008 (2 Counts of Battery on a Police Officer & 1 Count of Resisting Arrest) were REVERSED by the Appellant Court on May 27, 2009; leaving me once again at square one after a year of waiting.  I couldn’t understand how this reversal happened, but it did!!  I just happened to call the appellant courts the second week of June and found out this decision because as usual the courts failed to notify me or my lawyer of the decision by mail.

They have proven to me that they are DETERMINED to try and take me under no matter what it takes.

I went to court (PRE- PRE Trial) July 20th and my next court date is August 18th for PreTrial.

The District Attorney’s Expensive Appeal

The District Attorney’s office has launched an expensive appeal regarding the matter of the 3 charges dismissed by the Pretrial judge in June 2008.  As of today’s date, May 17, 2009, nearly a year later, I am still awaiting  the decision of the  appellate court to move further than the day it began.

The DA’s office started off by filing 3 separate continuances each asking for monthly extensions claiming they needed more time to prepare before actually going forth in filing their opening brief.  We are now in the month of May 2009 and I am still awaiting the outcome of the appeal.  The appeal is under consideration and will soon be decided by the California State Court.  Here’s where the problem lies, the case they are appealing has ALREADY BEEN AJUDICATED — AND I WON! A jury of my peers found that there was no good ground for stopping me in the first place in June 2008.  The jury said that the police did not prove that I had done anything to provoke the stop.

With reference to the alleged  battery on an officer that took place after the stop, it was never heard by the jury because it had been thrown out in pre-trial.  It was thrown out because the police could not produce nor could they prove any of the so-called resisting arrest and battery on a police officer charges  that were originally brought against me.

Here we are over 2 years since this nightmare began for me, and it is so hard and downright painful for me to tell you what this has done to my life.  Not only has it cost me my job with LAPD and several other employment opportunities, but the stress of what has happened to me has made a greater impact on my physical health.  And let’s stop talking about what it has done to me and think about what it has and is continuing to do to the state, county and city budget.  The amount of hours that have been wasted and the money that has been spent by the County of Los Angeles  DA’s Office on a MISDEMEANOR charge that was already decided in my favor is MINDBOGGLING!