Crime & Justice

Skid Row shooting: Woman who grabbed baton rejects plea deal

A screenshot of a video posted on Facebook shows at least five officers responding to a situation in Skid Row and shooting a man.
A screenshot of a video posted on Facebook shows at least five officers responding to a situation in Skid Row and shooting a man.
Screenshot from video posted on Facebook

A woman who picked up an officer’s baton during a police shooting in Skid Row rejected a plea deal Thursday.

Trishawn Cardessa Carey lifted a nightstick on March 1 as officers struggled with Charly Keunang, who was fatally shot by police on the scene. A bystander captured the encounter on video.

Carey had been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and has been in and out of jails in Los Angeles County since 2002, reported The Los Angeles Times

The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday offered Carey a settlement that required her to plead guilty to a felony count of resisting an executive officer, according to spokesperson Sarah Ardalani. The terms also include probation and a mental health assessment that would place her in a “suitable” mental health treatment program.

Milton Grimes, Carey’s attorney, is hoping that his client will get less than a felony conviction, if any conviction at all.

“This felony conviction will be hanging over her head for five years,” Grimes told KPCC. “If she sits on the sidewalk or gets in any type of confrontation or situation with law enforcement, my experience is — especially with her background and record — that she would be in violation of her probation and likely sent to prison or to some long-term lockdown facility.”

“It's just ridiculous that she's charged with resisting arrest,” Grimes added. “The officers jumped as soon as they saw her with the baton in her hand and took her down, handcuffed her. They should have left her with one officer, really. They didn't need a mass force to take her down.”

Last month, Carey was released to a reentry program that provides housing for previously incarcerated women. Officials said it was a county system mistake, according to the Times.

“The sheriff's department took her to the county hospital and left her at the entry there on her own,” said Grimes. “She's mentally ill… She ended up on Skid Row to no fault of her own.”

According to Grimes, his team took her to the facility where the judge ordered Carey to stay.

The next court date for Carey is August 28 for a preliminary hearing. If convicted, she could face life in prison.

This story has been updated.