1/ We sat waiting nearly all day for Trishawn’s hearing yesterday. At the courthouse, overloaded with too many cases, mostly with young people making bad decisions, attorneys and police officers. Inside the small courtroom, sat girlfriends, wives, and even a mother with a baby waiting for the next case. All wondering would their loved one’s case be next? Waiting. Trishawn’s family was one of the first to arrive that morning. Her mom needed a walker to help her walk, waited patiently, but finally couldn’t stay till Trishawn’s hearing. It was nearly seven hours of waiting.
The incarcerated were brought in handcuffed, wearing jail jumpsuits in different colors. Light green means low level. Just a few who already made bail actually walked into the courtroom. Trishawn was pushed in, sitting in a wheelchair with a pink seat on it. She looked much younger than the woman in the video. She didn’t look as frail. She had some small tattoos on her face. She spoke in a soft voice, almost like a little girl. Her attorney turned his chair to face her and started to ask her questions. Milton Grimes took her case pro bono and represented Rodney King in his civil rights case. He spoke very carefully, clearly, to make sure she understood him.
She described her single cell and being confined by herself in the same cell 24 hours a day, for five months, and started crying. But it was not technically solitary confinement explained the DA. He was an older attorney with white hair, who came in just for Trishawn’s case. The young DA, who handled most of the lesser cases that day, sat watching the hearing.
Trishawn said that she was taking medication for depression and something for diabetes. But we learned she suffers from bipolar paranoid schizophrenia and takes medications for her condition. She was born addicted to crack. Her mother had a crack addiction when Trishawn was growing up. Trishawn was forced into prostitution as a child. Her history, her traumatic life events brought forth one by one. She had lived with her mother, in a back house, but left after an argument. #blacklivesmatter #TrishawnCarey #lapdshooting #skidrow