A Black Lives Matter organizer who was found guilty of interfering with an arrest by police in Southern California was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail and three years’ probation.
Jasmine Richards was convicted last week of trying to take a person from the “lawful custody of a peace officer” during a September peace rally in a Pasadena park.
Richards was with a group of protesters when a woman approached who allegedly had left a restaurant without paying.
When police took the woman into custody, Richards tried to start a riot, prosecutors said. Richards was arrested several days later after police reviewed evidence of the incident.
She faced a maximum four-year sentence and will get credit for the 18 days she has served.
Protesters demanding her freedom chanted “Free Jasmine Now” outside the courthouse as she was sentenced.
Richards has spoken out against the actions of police, including the killing of Kendrec McDade, a black 19-year-old who was shot in 2012 while running away from two Pasadena police officers.
SOURCE: Associated Press