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Man Shot Alongside Nipsey Hussle Released from Jail, Has Arrest Dismissed

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Image: National Representative of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad and The Nation of Islam, speaks onstage during Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration of Life at STAPLES Center on April 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed in front of his store, The Marathon Clothing, on March 31, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Getty Images For All Money In Records and Atlantic Records))

Kerry Lathan, 56, was on parole when he was shot alongside Los Angeles rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, on March 31.


Lathan was with Hussle when he was slain in front of his Marathon Clothing store in Hyde Park. Because he was on parole, and because Hussle maintained a well-known affiliation with the Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crips, Lathan was in violation of his agreement not to be around known gang members.

Lathan, who spent 25 years in prison for murder, went to Marathon Clothing to get a leg up from Hussle, who was known to support local businesses and individuals alike, was arrested despite the gunshot wound to the back. He was transported to jail for his parole violation.


Though a Sheriff’s Department spokesperson declined to tell the Los Angeles Times how Lathan violated his parole, Lathan can be heard telling local interventionist Big U that authorities were “trying to send me back for life for just being there — gang association.”

Lathan’s family pleaded with Governor Gavin Newsom as he faced a potential parole violation ‘simply for being at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said attorney Lauren Noriega at the time of his arrest.

Much like Nipsey Hussle, Mr. Lathan was a reformed gang member who was determined to make a change in his community,” she told the Huffington Post. “Unfortunately, Mr. Lathan is facing a potential parole violation because his arrest was made without complete knowledge of the underlying facts.

CBSLA reports that a Secretary of the Department of Corrections had his arrest dismissed in court. Lathan was released at 3 A.M. Saturday morning, his stay prolonged due to liability concerning his treatment for the gunshot wound in his back.

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Lathan was in violation of his agreement not to be around known gang members

Stuff like this really needed to be ruled unconstitutional yesterday. It reminds me of the riot laws where you can be charged with rioting if you’re so many feet from an open fire in an urban area.

The tragedy is that a catalyst for a lot of this terrible laws have been black clergy. This dates all the way back to the 60's when they’d lobby local, state and federal governments to get “tough on crime” without considering or caring what that meant to these largely white-dominated government, because it didn’t mean the same thing to us as it did and does to them.

I am glad the discussion is now over criminal justice reform at almost every level, but we lost a lot of time and lives because of our own so-called leaders working against us. Look at all of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus who voted for that terrible Republican-passed crime bill in the 90's.