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the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

L.A. Homeless Woman:
25 Years for Defending Herself?

Aug 3, 2015

Trishawn Cardessa Carey, a 34-year-old homeless woman, faces 25 years in prison on a charge of “assault with a deadly weapon.”

In fact, Carey didn’t do anything of that sort. A cell phone video shows clearly that Carey was just holding a baton that a cop had dropped when five cops were roughing up Charly Keunang, another homeless person, on L.A.’s skid row on March 1. The prosecutors agree Carey didn’t attack anyone, but they claim that Carey is guilty of, basically, thinking of attacking a cop.

Thinking of assault? There is, of course, no such crime on the books.

Those cops were busy brutalizing another homeless person when Carey was caught up in the middle. In fact, during that confrontation, the cops ended up shooting Keunang, who was unarmed, six times and killing him–for the “crime” of refusing to move his tent!

Five months after this brutal murder, captured on video and seen by millions of people online, the cops are still not charged with any crime. But Carey was charged instead. Immediately. Facing 25 years. Put behind bars, with bail set at more than one million dollars–until the authorities reduced it to “only” $50,000 almost five months later, after protests from the homeless community and advocacy groups.

Who would call Trishawn Carey a criminal and treat her like this–while protecting the real criminals, the murderous cops? Only a “justice” system that’s racist, unjust and rotten to the core.