Press Release: Press Conference Regarding Proud Boy Supporter who Jumped Curb Driving through Sidewalk where Black Lives Matter Protestors Were Setting Up

(SOURCE: South Pasadena Police Department Youtube Video)

October 15, 2020

On Saturday, October 3, 2020 at approximately 1:40 pm, a white male South Pasadena  resident, Richard Cheney drove his Ram 1800 truck across opposing traffic and onto the  sidewalk on the southwest corner of Fair Oaks and Mission. His dangerous maneuver crossed  three lanes of opposing traffic, with his vehicle coming to rest, just short of a foot away from  the metal barrier in front of Starbucks, nearly hitting Black Lives Matter protestors. Fortunately,  the protestors and nearby pedestrians were not hurt. Cheney was also heard yelling from his  open window, “So, you’re gonna keep putting those signs up?” Police were called by several  witness. The watch commander who never came to the scene and the supervisor on duty who  arrived after witnesses were interviewed, both came to the conclusion that they would not  arrest or cite Cheney without providing any logical explanation or report number. Despite  eyewitness accounts and videos documenting what happened, no arrests were made, and no  citations were given. The South Pasadena Police Department has since issued a statement on  October 3, 2020 that “[t]he case will be presented to the District Attorney for filing  considerations.” No police report has been made available as of 10/15/20. 

Concerned residents and community members of South Pasadena condemn this violent  and dangerous act. There has been repeated inaction and lack of accountability of the South  Pasadena Police Department to protect and serve the community, particularly for marginalized  community members that include Black and Latinx residents. During a time when protesters  rightfully exercise their First Amendment right to free speech and peaceful assembly to support  Black lives, across the country we have witnessed horrible incidents of counter-protestors who  retaliate by driving their vehicles through crowds to intentionally harm Black Lives Matter  supporters. What happened on the afternoon of October 3, echoes the intent of these  egregious acts, and what is not acceptable is that there were no consequences whatsoever for  Richard Cheney, before he was escorted to his vehicle to leave. 

More importantly, the incident involving Richard Cheney is by no means an isolated  incident. Fahren James, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement in South  Pasadena, has already been assaulted while protesting at Fair Oaks and Mission. This past July,  Joe Richcreek, a career criminal who has been arrested over 30 times and prosecuted 20 times,  yelled and spat on her and on the face of another protestor while holding a rock in one hand  and a double-sided sharpened drummer’s stick under his arm. On August 30, 2020, Zane  Crumley, a Black Lives Matter protestor was attacked by Michael Plough, a 41 year-old white 

male resident of South Pasadena, and his wife Jane Mi, a 42 year-old female Asian resident of  South Pasadena on the 110 block of El Centro Street. The couple accused Crumley of disturbing  the peace while he played music in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and they  assaulted him, breaking his laptop and his tooth. We believe that Fahren James and Black Lives  Matter protestors have become a target for local vigilantes and is an example of how systemic  racism has impeded justice. We are deeply concerned for the safety of Fahren James and Black  Lives Matter protestors and support their right to peaceful protest, as this now marks the  fourth incident. It is absolutely crucial that community members are not endangered and have  their right to free speech protected. 

On December 21, 2016, South Pasadena adopted Resolution 7491, a resolution of the  City Council of the city of South Pasadena, California, affirming the city of South Pasadena’s  commitment to diversity and to safeguarding the civil rights, safety and dignity of all of our  residents. South Pasadena community members want to see a real demonstration to exercise  this resolution now and an investigation of Police Chief Ortiz and police practices in the  department. 

A press conference will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 11:00 am in front  of the South Pasadena Police Department on 1422 Mission Street, South  Pasadena, CA 91030 

The following community organizations support Black Lives Matter protestors and the press  conference: 

Anti Racism Committee (South Pasadena) 

Black Lives Matter South Pasadena (@BlackLivesMatterSouthPasadena ) 

Care First Group (South Pasadena) 

South Pasadena Youth for Police Reform


The ARC Community Board is meant to be a collaborative community space. If you are interested in having something posted here, please email arc.southpasadena@gmail.com.

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