Updated 11/9/11: David Grajeda was released from custody on November 9, 2011, according to a message posted by David Grajeda on facebook.
LANCASTER – Friends, family members and associates of David Grajeda are asking the public to join them in an upcoming “Free David Grajeda Protest.”
The following is an excerpt from a press release titled “Citizens of Lancaster fight back!” which was being circulated by friends and family members of David Grajeda Friday:
Mr. Grajeda is being subjected to continued harassment and retaliation by City Leaders as well as members of the Sheriff’s Department in Lancaster for his numerous complaints to these public officials; in direct violation of Mr. Grajeda’s First Amendment Constitutional rights… Mr. Grajeda is in possession of videos and audio recordings showing sheriff department personnel engaged in misconduct, as well as numerous other tapes showing harassment by the sheriff’s department and city officials directed at Mr. Grajeda for his continuing to speak out against these officials at public meetings.
Read the entire release here.
The “Free David Grajeda Protest” will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, November 12, at the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail Twin Towers at 450 Bauchet Street, Los Angeles, CA.
David Grajeda, a frequent speaker and critic at City Council meetings, was arrested on October 25th as he attempted to enter a City Council meeting. He was charged with a misdemeanor for disrupting a public meeting based on his actions at an October 12th Criminal Justice Commission meeting.
Family members say during the Criminal Justice Commission meeting, David Grajeda was speaking out against Public Safety Officer Lee D’Errico.
Maria Grajeda claims D’Errico, acting under the command of Mayor R. Rex Parris, assaulted David Grajeda at a prior City Council meeting. Maria Grajeda offered a video as proof of the assault. See the video here.
She says David Grajeda filed charges against D’Errico, but nothing came of the charges. When David Grajeda came to the Criminal Justice Commission meeting to complain about the assault, he was ejected from the meeting for disruption, Maria Grajeda claims.
He was then arrested for the incident 13 days later at a City Council meeting. David Grajeda’s bail was initially set at $5,000 for the misdemeanor charge, but was later raised to $25,000.
According to the LASD Inmate Information System, David Grajeda was transferred to Twin Towers Correctional Facility on October 27th, where he has remained to date.
His next court date is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 16th, at the Antelope Valley Courthouse, according to the Inmate Information system.
A fund to assist David Grajeda in raising bail has been set up by his attorney, Amy Konstantelos. Those wishing to assist in this effort can visit the page here.