Rae’Ven Kelly Host Pro-Peace Rally
For Real Change and Accountability

by Lea Michelle Cash 

  Rae’Ven Kelly is the little girl who stole my heart when she was six years old, in her recurring role as Adlaine Harper in the 90s NBC drama “I’ll Fly Away.”   Perhaps she stole yours too! We all fell in love with the 1996 John Grisham adapted film classic “A Time to Kill” when Tonya (Rae’Ven Kelly), 10 was violently raped, beaten and dumped into a river after a failed attempt to hang her.  Her father Carl Lee (Samuel L. Jackson) seeking revenge takes justice by killing the rapist.  The lawyer Jake (Matthew McConaughey) along with his assistant Ellen (Sandra Bullock) set out to successfully rescue Carl Lee from receiving the death penalty for his passionate crime.  

      Well, over the years, Kelly, 31 has starred in numerous memorable movies and television shows (What’s Love Got to Do With it, Ghost of Mississippi, Lily in Winter, The Ditchdigger Daughters just to name a small few).  She is a Hollywood princess that graduated from UCLA, a teacher, a dancer, a theater producer, and motivational speaker, married to Cinematographer and producer Sean Dinwoodie.  

     On November 14, 2014, Kelly was severely brutalized, racially profiled, and accosted in South Pasadena by Los Angeles County Sheriffs.  Last year on July 1, 2015, she was sentenced to 52 weeks of anger management due to this incident.  She is now coming out publicly with her story because she has respected her attorney’s wishes to comment publicly after the anger management classes, which two anger management facilitators (a MFT and PhD) clearly stated, “She did not need.”  This week she finished her last anger management class.    

      Here are parts of Kelly’s story: Kelly is approached and accused of not paying her train fare. She respectfully presented the officer with a copy of her receipt, which had a date and time stamped.  The officer still threatens her with a ticket for not paying her fare. That is when Kelly started videotaping and everything takes a wrong turn.  

       Kelly states, “They had slapped handcuffs on me, surrounding me with six officers, slammed my body into a metal bench, groped me during a search, and injured my shoulder and wrist placing me in the police car (laughing referring to me “girl” & saying “well, you know how these people are…yeah I have a black female here…these people”).  While I was softly praying to God and crying asking them politely, “What did I do wrong, officer? I’ve paid my fare with a receipt and have been nothing but respectful, sir. I have been completely compliant, never used profanity or raised my voice, officer,”… as I begged.  

     She continues, “They took my cell as evidence because they knew I had footage of them attacking me! Later on at the La Cresenta station, I was cursed at, physically abused, denied feminine products as blood soiled my clothes, ridiculed, bruised, and laughed at.  And when I told them I wouldn’t sign off that I wasn’t harmed the main sheriff blackmailed me by saying, that if I reported my injuries then they would be required to take me to the hospital.  Once one of the officers at the station recognized me from “Hannah Montana” and “A Time to Kill” they began to call me Miss Kelly and said they would release me with no charges if I lied and said I wasn’t harmed.  But, I only wanted to report the truth…so they booked me, giving me a record now. ”

      On Friday, July 29, 2016 at the Pasadena courthouse, for her final court date towards being racially profiled, wrongfully accosted, brutally injured by LA sheriff police officers, Kelly has invited all to join her, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, other public figures and celebrity guests, for a press conference, and to promote a peaceful change—a stand for equality, peace rally at 10:30 -12 p.m.   The location is outside the courthouse located on 300 East Walnut Street in Pasadena, CA.

     Kelly states, “There are many good and honorable police officers that should be commended and respected for putting their lives on the line daily.  However, there are many dishonest officers that need to be held accountable for their racist, inappropriate, and violent behaviors.”     

Rae'ven and her husband Cinematographer/Producer

                                     Sean Dinwoodie

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