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THIS JUST IN: NEW DETAILS, SENTENCING AND CLOSURE IN LAPD’S

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“WEAK” DRUG-RELATED CASE AGAINST POPULAR SKID ROW ACTIVIST General Jeff

THIS JUST IN: DETAILS, SENTENCING AND CLOSURE IN LAPD’S “WEAK” DRUG-RELATED CASE AGAINST POPULAR SKID ROW ACTIVIST DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES- (JANUARY 22, 2014)- Today in Superior Court, popular Skid Row community activist General Jeff appeared for sentencing on the second count of LAPD’s “weak” drug-related case which last week ended with a trial jury voting 11-1 in favor of General Jeff, thus resulting in a hung jury followed today with the City Attorney’s office declaring that they would not re-try the controversial case. With an LAPD “sting operation” resulting in only one other arrest after videotaped evidence played in court showed countless drug sales taking place, Jeff was cleared of having anything to do with Skid Row’s notorious drug trade that has existed for decades. A second count of resisting/delaying a peace officer was successful and today Judge Fields sentenced General Jeff to 20 days of community service with a court-approved stipulation that the community service can be performed in Skid Row with Jeff’s own ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS grass-roots community activism organization. Also, Jeff was placed on special summary probation for 12 months with another court stipulation that he would not be automatically subjected to LAPD’s usual “search and seizure” tactics with Judge Fields clearly stating on record that General Jeff’s 4th-Amendment rights will continue to remain forthright. General Jeff’s trial legal team was the private counsel of Ibiere Seck and Rich Barnwell both of the Johnnie Cochran Law Firm. In last week’s trial, when the jury went into deliberations for almost two days, they only requested a readback of two of the LAPD officer’s testimonies, one of which was a female officer in LAPD’s Safer Cities Initiative detail who is also a former Marine. The jury wanted clarification on testimony related specifically to “binoculars”. General Jeff stated after today’s court session that he is not seeking a civil law suit against LAPD at this time, but that is subject to change. ‪#‎VisitSkidRow‬ ‪#‎DTLA‬ ‪#‎LAPD‬ ‪#‎JohnnieCochran‬ ‪#‎TheJohnnieCochranFirm‬ ‪#‎IbiereSeck‬ ‪#‎RichBarnwell‬ ‪#‎IssuesAndSolutions‬

 

Breaking News Jan 17th 2014 : Popular Skid Row Community Activist Cleared of Drug Related Charges

January 17, 2014
General Jeff / DLANC
 To Skid Row,
BREAKING NEWS: POPULAR SKID ROW COMMUNITY ACTIVIST CLEARED OF DRUG-RELATED CHARGESDOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES- Today in Superior Court, popular Skid Row community activist General Jeff, who is also a three-term member of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, received an 11-1 vote in his favor in a controversial jury trial which lasted for five days. (Case number 3CA14806)This decision finally comes after Jeff was arrested nine months ago on April 23, 2013 when the Los Angeles Police Department (Central Division) claimed that he was somehow involved in Skid Row’s ongoing drug trade which has existed for decades, well before General Jeff arrived in 2006.

general jeff @ WHite House 2011
Numerous LAPD officers testified against Jeff this week, while others sat in the audience, as they each took the witness stand and gave specific details of their “sting operation” which included additional surveillance equipment, such as video cameras, binoculars, walkie-talkie radios, “chase cars” and more. These LAPD Central Division officers spread out and hid in various locations, some in regular uniforms and others in undercover clothes, while they focused on one specific corner in Skid Row- coincidentally right where General Jeff happens to frequent while making himself available to his constituents. It was a strange “sting operation” because almost all of the drug buyers and drug sellers that were identified by LAPD on the witness stand as the videotape was reviewed were never arrested. That gave the jury the impression that the focus may have indeed been solely on General Jeff, who didn’t testify in his own case because of what he described as “weak evidence” against him. Several of the officers also testified that they were already familiar with General Jeff and his positive efforts in the Skid Row community.
A lesser charge of resisting/delaying peace officers was successful against Jeff and he returns to court next week for sentencing, which prosecutors inferred that it may only be a punishment of community service. General Jeff said “That’s what I’m already doing for the Skid Row community and have been for the last 7 years.” He was then told (off the record) that he may not receive any punishment at all if he can prove his on-going “public servant acts” of providing community service in Skid Row.

Interview Before The Trial

A lesser charge of resisting/delaying peace officers was successful against Jeff and he returns to court next week for sentencing, which prosecutors inferred that it may only be a punishment of community service. General Jeff said “That’s what I’m already doing for the Skid Row community and have been for the last 7 years.” He was then told (off the record) that he may not receive any punishment at all if he can prove his on-going “public servant acts” of providing community service in Skid Row.

Gerneral Jeff Road To The White House

A few members of the Skid Row community were also in attendance during the trial.
General Jeff
Skid Row community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS
(2007-present)
State of California- Office of Health Equity-
Advisory Committee Member
(2013)
(3-Term) Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
(2008-Present)
Former VP, Outreach and Communications- DLANC
(2012-2013)
Co-Chair- Skid Row Community Advisory Board for the
Department of Mental Health
(2012-2013)
Chair- “Skid Row Public Space Task Force”
(2013)