Friday, January 17, 20148:30 AM
Hennepin County Government Center
4th Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55487
[Trigger warning: gender violence, racist violence]
Trisha was a victim of horrible brutality from Minneapolis police in 2007, in a crime that was clearly motivated by homophobia and racism. None of the officers have been punished and ever since, she’s been facing retaliation from the city, the courts, and the police.
In March of 2013 she was assaulted by a group at the Gay 90’s. One of them had a knife. Trisha defended herself and grabbed the knife out of the attacker’s hand. Although several eyewitness testimonies said that the police watched the incident the entire time, the first officer on the scene waited several minutes before approaching and reported seeing the knife in Trisha’s hand, and therefore the city charged her with second degree assault.
Consider that when the officer took the knife for evidence, he grabbed it WITHOUT GLOVES, THREW IT IN THE BACK OF HIS SQUAD CAR. NO DNA OR FINGERPRINTS WERE EVEN COLLECTED.
Consider that the police refused to take a statement from Trisha’s friend who witnessed the whole incident, and when Trisha’s friend tried approaching officers to give a statement, she was told to “stand on the sidewalk and shut up.”
Consider that Trisha herself was NEVER asked for a statement at the scene.
Consider that no video cameras were submitted to evidence showing a fight. Even though 3 squad were reported on the scene, none of them had dash cam videos, even though these are automatically switched on when lights are flashing. The only safe zone video provided for evidence only showed Trisha standing outside the club as the group approached, and as they all exited the view of the camera. It did not show any fight.
Consider that the majority of Trisha’s attackers fled the scene before providing a statement.
Consider that the testimonies of Trisha’s attackers (alleging that Trisha started the fight and that she originally had the knife), did NOT match up in terms of where the fight happened, when the knife was pulled, or what happened afterwards.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, CONSIDER THAT NO ONE WAS INJURED OR TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. TRISHA WAS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT WHEN THERE WAS NO VICTIM.
These are only a few of the many issues in this case.
On December 20, 2013, despite no compelling evidence and clear inconsistencies in the investigation, Trisha was found guilty by a majority white jury.
The judge did not have to order Trisha into custody immediately, and could’ve given her a few days to get her affairs in order. However, Trisha was immediately taken to jail after the reading of the verdict, and not even allowed to hug her family in the courtroom before being taken away.
Trisha’s sentencing hearing is on January 17, 2014, at 8:45am on the 17th floor of the Hennepin County Government Center. Despite having no criminal record, the prosecutor is requesting that she spend 21 months in prison.
Although Trisha is clearly NOT GUILTY, she is hoping for probation.
THE JUDGE, THE PROSECUTOR, AND EVERYONE ELSE INVOLVED WITH THIS CASE KNOWS THAT THIS IS UNJUST AND THAT THE CHARGES ARE UNSUBSTANTIATED.
Our goal is to pack the courtroom with supporters. A packed courtroom would put pressure on the judge to do the right thing. Furthermore, it would show Trisha that she does have community support.
If you can sacrifice just a few hours of your Friday morning, it will make a world of difference for her. Please invite any friends or family who are aware of the injustices and racism in the courts.
During the hearing, everyone is asked to be silent and attentive. As her supporters, we will only hurt her case if we cause any disturbances whatsoever.
After the hearing, we will meet in the lobby of the government center to discuss whatever else needs to be done to support Trisha.
Questions and concerns may be directed to Eric: 612-715-8784