Homeless woman who raised LAPD baton during skid row shooting gets bail reduced but faces up to life in prison if convicted.

The video of the LAPD shooting unarmed and homeless man known as “Africa” has been a media sensation over the past few months. In the wake of numerous of other police brutatlity videos circulating this year this one remains to be one that many point there fingers as to just going to far.

Somewhat forgotten was the second actor in the confrontation: In the video you can see Trishawn Cardessa Carey, 34 pickup a nightstick one of the officers dropped during the struggle with Africa.

casey bail bond reductionShe has now been charged with assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer and resisting arrest, and could face 25 years to life in prison under California’s three-strikes sentencing law for repeat offenders.

Her bail which was originally set at 1 million dollars has had the bail reduced to $50,000.

Carey has nine prior convictions, including two serious or violent felonies. California’s three-strikes law mandates long prison sentences for people convicted three times of violent or serious felonies.

She currently is awaiting trial and as of today has not posted the $50,000 bail.

San Pedro homeowner caught man having sex with dog on video

Some stories come along that are just truly beyond belief. A San Pedro homeowner put up cameras after things led to fears that his home was possibly being targeted for a possible burglary.

Shortly after putting up the cameras he was shocked to see an assailant come onto his property to drug and sexually assault his family’s 80lb Akita dog.

“It’s inhumane. I don’t even know what to say about it,” the dog’s owner said, who wanted to stay anonymous to protect his family who are unaware of the situation.

Investigators with the Los Angeles Police Departments task force were not available Friday night, but two Harbor Division detectives confirmed the bestiality report. The dog’s owner identified the suspect as the 22-year-old grandson of one of his neighbors.

The homeowner’s video consequently led to the Los Angeles police arrest a suspect who lived nearby. A Los Angeles inmate search revealed he was arrested Thursday afternoon on a burglary charge. He is being held at the 77th Street Division jail on $50,000 bail.

Men’s Central Jail Visitor Gets 1 Million Dollar Settlement After Beatdown in 2011

Gabriel Carrillo had gone to Men’s Central Jail in downtown LA on the 26th of Februaury in 2011 to visit a younger brother arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon, only to be severely beaten by deputies that he had to get stitches many stiches over an eyebrow that topped an eye that was swollen shut.

There was so much blood on the floor that Carrillo passed out at one point during the beating – only to awaken to more severe blows. In May, his attorney announced the defendant was getting a $1.175 million settlement from LA County, which runs the facility and employed the deputies:

Following the beating, criminal charges against Carrillo were dismissed and cops involved in the attack were charged as part of a federal case alleging civil rights violations, false arrest and other counts.

Carrillo and his girlfriend say they inadvertently brought cellphones into the jail complex and that, when her phone fell to the floor, deputies swarmed, cuffing Carrillo.

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More jails refuse to hold illegal immigrants

Trust Act California

In most jails across the country inmates booked on criminal charges and suspected of being in the country illegally were often held for an additional 48 hours at the behest of federal immigration officials. This has recently changed due to new court rulings which have called this practice unconstitutional.

These holds which were used to deport hundreds of thousands is now crumbling and is unclear where it will all lead.
Although some localities started limiting the number of immigration holds a few years ago, the trend of completely ignoring the requests has recently gathered steam this spring after a series of federal court rulings determined that the immigration holds are not mandatory and that local agencies should not be compelled to follow them.

California recently implemented in January “the Trust Act” which stipulates that law enforcement agencies can only honor immigration holds if the inmate who is suspected of being in the country illegally has been charged with, or convicted of, a serious offense. Also, most law enforcement agencies in the state — including the Los Angeles Police Department — adopted policies ignoring the immigration holds altogether after the federal rulings came down.

How to receive a collect call from jail

Cell phones can’t receive collect calls because the phone carrier (incoming collect call) doesn’t have anyone to bill for the call. The cell phone carriers don’t permit what is called third party billing. So what do you do if your friend is in a California Jail and can only call collect from the jail phones?

The answer is simple. During the collect call you’ll get an automated message saying something similar to this, “This is Global Telink, we have a collect call from John. Please press 1 to connect with Global Telink to set up an account to enable you to receive these collect calls.”

At this time you can choose to press 1 and you will be directed to Global Telink in order to set up the account. Basically, the collect call is being made through the phone carrier Global Telink, but they can’t connect it because they haven’t anyone to bill the cost of the call. The phone carrier will take your credit card and charge a minimum fee, usually $25 or so.

The other way of receiving the collect calls from the jail is to have a landline. This way the phone carrier can bill you through whomever your landline is distributed by. You can always forward the calls from your landline to your cell phone if you venture away from home.

Bail Bonds agents have landlines for this very reason, the collect calls from the jails. Then, when they step away from the office, they either have a service answer the calls or they forward the calls to their cell phones. At Abierto 24/7 Bail Bonds you will always talk to a live agent ready to help you with all your bail bond needs.

Note, setting up the third party payment system with the minimum amount of $25 is fairly expensive. Normally you’ll get three or four calls from your friend in the jail and then they will either get bailed out or head to court. Therefore you are paying $25 for four phone calls that were probably five minutes in length each. That’s 20 minutes total for $25 or $1.25 per minute. That’s more expensive than calling internationally.