Black Lives Matter Leader Shocked As Prosecutor Charges All Of Her Crimes

Melina Abdullah, co-founder of the Los Angeles Chapter of Black Lives Matter, is facing charges for disrupting meetings.

Correction: The original headline said that the DA was prosecuting Abdullah. She is actually being prosecuted by the City Attorney's office.

Los Angeles, CA – A prominent Black Lives Matter activist known for disrupting police commission meetings is facing charges that could put her behind bars for more than a year.

Melina Abdullah, 46, has gotten away with behaving in a disruptive manner on so many occasions that she was actually surprised when she received a notice to appear in court.

Abdullah, co-founder of the Los Angeles Chapter of Black Lives Matter, first found out she was facing a charge of battery on a police officer stemming from her arrest at a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Commission hearing on May 8, 2018, according to The LAnd.

The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners is a civilian oversight panel made up of five appointees who function like a corporate board of directions over the police department, according to the LAPD website.

Abdullah was arrested after Sheila Hines-Brim, the mother of a woman who died in police custody, threw a powdery substance alleged to be her daughter’s ashes on then-LAPD Chief Charlie Beck during the meeting, KTTV reported.

Police said Abdullah grabbed onto an officer’s arm as he was taking Hines-Brim out of the hearing room with her hands behind her back.

She was released from police custody later the same day.

When the notice to appear arrived in her mailbox on July 26, 2018, she wasn’t expecting it.

She told The LAnd she had forgotten about the arrest and wasn’t expecting to be charged.

“I was very surprised,” Abdullah said. “I thought it was going to be an arrest without charge, which has happened several times in the past.”

She was arrested at police commission meetings on two prior occasions without any consequence, The LAnd reported.

Abdullah was in for an even ruder awakening at her arraignment on Aug. 31, 2018 when she learned she was actually facing eight charges.

The additional charges stemmed from two separate incidents when the Black Lives Matter activist interrupted police commission meetings in 2017.

“I think everyone – and we have a pretty substantial legal team – all the attorneys were surprised,” Abdullah told The LAnd. “I said, ‘Wait a minute, are these all from the same date?’ And that’s when we realized… it was from three different dates.”

In addition to the charge of battery on a police officer, Abdullah has been charged with willfully disturbing a public meeting, interfering with the business of a public agency, and failure to obey an order to disperse for her antics at the Aug. 15, 2017 LAPD Commission meeting.

She was also charged with two counts of willfully disturbing a public meeting and one count of intentionally interfering with police commission business for her behavior at an LAPD Commission meeting on July 25, 2017. She was not actually arrested on that occasion, The LAnd reported.

Her attorneys made a motion to dismiss the charges by claiming the city was trying to shut down legitimate forms of dissent.

Abdullah called it “policing black anger,” according to The LAnd.

The city prosecutor’s office denied that their motives for charging the notorious activist were political.

“Whether with respect to law enforcement officials or public hearings, the People do seek to assure that the defendant abide by the rules that all members of the public must follow,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing, according to The LAnd.

Prosecutors said they have 17 LAPD officers, including members of the security detail responsible for security at the police commission meetings, who will testify that Abdullah’s behavior had crossed the line from non-violent protest and free speech to “obstructing and intimidating” the members of the LAPD Commission.

The judge dismissed the defense motion and ruled that the case against Abdullah could go forward.

Abdullah, who is a professor and chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, refers to members of Black Lives Matter as the heirs of the Black Power movement, The LAnd reported.

She teaches a course called “Black Power,” and counts several of the original Black Panthers as her oldest friends and mentors.

The LAnd asked L.A. Police Protective League President Craig Lally what his organization thought of Abdullah.

“Her organization hates the police,” Lally responded.

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JBo
JBo

She's surprised to learn that she has to act like a human?

Cheated death60
Cheated death60

She seems to think she is entitled to mouth off. Throw her ass in a really bad prison. She may get the hint to act like a respected figure with in her community.

La Migra
La Migra

Yo, Cracker Judge, "I Din Du Nuffin"....you better check your black privilege at the door, mofo!...hahaha

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Black Lies Matter. . .

Scattered
Scattered

I hope this means that America is finally waking up. Please God, let it not be too late.

Jewelsbaby
Jewelsbaby

Some people think it's ok to act any way they want and leave good sense and manners at home. This is not how to evoke change! And by the way everyone's lives should matter. In other words everyone. More whites are killed by cops every year than blacks! But I never hear them complaining for us. Here's the deal don't do crime and you won't encounter aggressive law enforcement. Because it does matter.

BLSupporter
BLSupporter

Hallefreakinlujah! Finally, someone who isn't PC-driven! Maybe a year behind bars (and a few on the unemployment line) will clue her in to the fact that EVERYONE is required to follow rules and practice common courtesy. Hope springs eternal.

dwm9ersfan
dwm9ersfan

You break the law and get caught you might go to jail. When you break the law in front of the cops and get away with it they get pissed off. Go back for more and pull you same BLM bullshit they will charge you. Grow up and obey the law.

DerekP.
DerekP.

Finally, now this needs to happen everywhere. Enough with these people thinking they can do whatever they want.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Why is the school allowing her to teach a black power class, isn't that deemed as a hate or terrorist group? Try having a white power class and she will be heading the pack for a rumble.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Surprize, surprize!!! She's not above the law after all. Bahahahaha!!!!!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Liberals.... Destroying America one mind at a time.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Prosecutors will crumb, dismiss the charges and the city will pay her millions. Not to even mention the up coming civil suits to follow!

Secretmama3
Secretmama3

Finally shutting them down.

USMCgirl
USMCgirl

The Black Panthers rejected Dr King because of his non-violent methods so that automatically says something about her if her friends are some of the original Black Panthers. Your friends shape your character so we now know she doesn’t stand for what Dr King preached.

GODHELPUSALL
GODHELPUSALL

Lock her azz up

Jones24
Jones24

Someone thinks she is special

tkshields
tkshields

don't matter how you sugar coat it black power is still black panther

RPG156
RPG156

BLM is a militant terrorist organization that thrives on tantrums and organized violence.

GForce48
GForce48

BLM generates "fake news" and helps media entities propagate "fake news"!

No. 26-50
Sandman38111
Sandman38111

"Policing black anger" Professor of Pan-African Studies.. For the love of God... And kids wonder why they can't get jobs

Backing TheBlue
Backing TheBlue

BLM is a terrorist organization & it's members should be treated as such. They're no better than any of the "white supremacist" groups they complain about

bob95648
bob95648

Pushback.

Skidoo
Skidoo

They're all kings and queens. Show some respect.

Ravenhide
Ravenhide

That's what you get for being a damn terrorist, woman. Y'know, I have some colored friends I made in high school. Some pretty swell people. And all of them believe that you and your precious Black Lives Matter are a blight upon the colored communities. The more I see and hear from you people, the more I'm starting to think my friends are right.