Black Lives Matter Leader Charged For Attacking LAPD Officer, May Face Jail
Dr. Melina Abdullah charges derive from her behavior at LAPD Commission meetings
The leader of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter group has been charged with eight criminal counts relating to anti-police activism which includes the battery on an LAPD police officer.
Dr. Melina Abdullah charges derive from her behavior at LAPD Commission meetings, which are noted for being disordered and shut down by police abolitionists affiliated with Black Lives Matter.
“This is about so much more than me,” wrote Dr. Melina Abdullah, who could spend more than a year in jail if convicted.
“It’s an attempt to criminalize Black protest. We ain’t having that!”
Abdullah claimed her behavior was justified due to her advocation on behalf of families who have lost loved ones to police brutality.
The activist is receiving pro bono legal counsel from an assortment of progressive lawyers led by Carl E. Douglas, a protégé of the late Johnnie Cochran (a member of O.J. Simpson’s "Dream Team.")
“He volunteered to represent me,” Abdullah said.
“This is the way that he contributes to our movement.”
In Abdullah’s legal squad includes the National Lawyers Guild and ACLU.
According to Prosecutors from the L.A. City Attorney’s Office, the 17 police officers are prepared to testify that the Abdullah’s have gone beyond peaceful protest and free speech.
The officer also claims the activist's actions have gone into the boundary of “obstructing and intimidating” LAPD commissioners.
Abdullah and Douglas addressed activists who had crowded the courtroom as a sign of solidarity.
“They are killing our people, and then they are criminalizing us for having the audacity to push back,” Abdullah told allies over a megaphone.
“What kind of backward world do they think we live in? We’re not the criminals. They are.”
Abdullah then called on the crowd to march to LAPD headquarters nearby, where a police commission meeting was underway.
“Fill up that room,” Abdullah said.
“Scare the shit out of them.”
WATCH - “That’s Wakiesha! She’s gonna stay with you!” Sheila Hines-Brim, the aunt of #WakeishaWilson, was arrested after she dumped a powdery substance on #LAPD Chief Charlie Beck that may have been human ashes. Wilson died in police custody in 2016. pic.twitter.com/eargpyBEpa— Jasmyne Cannick (@Jasmyne) May 9, 2018
Two things you can do right now to support @DocMellyMel of @BLMLA:— WP4BL (@WP4BL) January 28, 2019
1. Call @CityAttorneyLA and demand that he drop the charges against Melina.
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According to the DailyWire: Activists went on to disturb the meeting, which was eventually adjourned and moved into a closed session after an attendee appeared to threaten LAPD Commission President Steve Soboroff. Soboroff’s son, Jacob, is a reporter with NBC News.
My News LA reports that Abdullah is charged with eight misdemeanor counts including crimes that allegedly occurred during three separate meetings that date back to 2017.
The charges include one count each of battery on a public officer, resisting arrest, resisting to disperse and preventing or obstructing a public business establishment; three counts of unlawfully disturbing and breaking up an assembly and meeting; and two counts of unlawfully and intentionally interfering with the lawful business of the LAPD Commission.
The battery charge originated from a meeting last May when Abdullah was arrested along with Sheila Hines-Brim, a fellow BLM-LA comrade whose niece, Wakiesha Wilson, died in police custody in 2016.
At that meeting, Hines-Brim threw what she claimed were Wilson’s cremated remains at then-LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
As "theLAnd" recently reported: Detective Jason Curtis … had placed Hines-Brim’s hands behind her back and was escorting her through a crowd to the hallway.
Near the rear exit of the room, Curtis told investigators, he felt a tug at his arm, turned around and saw Abdullah standing there.
“Get Melina,” witnesses remember hearing an officer say shortly before Abdullah was arrested.
Abdullah informed detectives that she did not remember grabbing Curtis’ arm.
Most of the charges against Abdullah focus around encounters that happened during two police commission meetings in the summer of 2017.
In July of that year, Abdullah refused to leave the podium during public comment after her allotted time to speak had elapsed.
“I don’t give a f**k about getting arrested,” she told police commissioners at the time.
Although Abdullah was not detained, the meeting was moved to a closed session away from the public.
Three weeks later Abdullah disrupted another meeting.
She attempted to restructure its agenda, dared officials to have her arrested, then refused to leave the room after being ordered to leave.
Abdullah’s next court date is next Thursday, February 7, at the Criminal Courts Building in downtown L.A.
“I give you my word that there will be no plea to an assault on a police officer,” Douglas told supporters.
“If we cannot reach a resolution that satisfies my client, there will be a trial. And at that trial, we will expose the corruption of the LAPD.”