NBC News Why Black Lives Matter-L.A. is trying to take down the county’s first Black DA

It’s been nearly three years, and the protests outside Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office are only getting bigger. What started as several hundred people gathered outside the Hall of Justice has swelled into the thousands as demonstrators call for the ouster of Lacey, the first Black district attorney in the nation’s most populous county, for failing to prosecute police officers who kill civilians.

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San Francisco Chronicle Gascón finds his moment in LA district attorney’s race

Former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón seemed on a daunting course last fall when he left to challenge his two-term counterpart in Los Angeles as a progressive reformer. It’s never easy to engage a county of 10 million people on any issue, and police misconduct and racial inequities in the criminal justice system were hardly top-of-mind issues for most voters at the end of 2019.

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KTLA Amid protests expressing outrage at police brutality, demonstrators target L.A. County D.A. Jackie Lacey

Demonstrators gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon to protest Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, who has come under fire for not prosecuting more police officers for misconduct.

The planned protest follows weeks of marches across the region, expressing outrage at police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. Lacey, who is locked in a runoff for reelection, was targeted by protesters last week.

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Los Angeles Times Editorial: Here’s how to hold police accountable: Don’t let their unions give money to prosecutors

Amid reports from across the country about escalating clashes between protesters and law enforcement, it’s worth looking underneath the images for the roots of the outrage. It is the extrajudicial killings of unarmed people by police, and not the protests against them, that too often spark the cycle of violence and death in the United States. It is the cruel and unyielding knee on the neck of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and thousands of other police officer knees, fists and trigger fingers that undermine public safety and instill fear.

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Los Angeles Times L.A. Times Editorial: Gascón for district attorney

Los Angeles County is the nation’s largest prosecutorial jurisdiction and its district attorney should be a leader and a trendsetter in the administration of justice. Gascón could be that leader. He’s the better choice than Lacey. Gascón is an innovative thinker and experienced administrator who is adept at using data to craft policy and monitor progress. He is an advocate for effective reform in a way that Lacey is not.

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Los Angeles Magazine Meet George Gascón, the Progressive Ex-Cop Challenging Jackie Lacey for D.A.

In other parts of the country, progressive prosecutors who are promising to end mass incarceration, abolish cash bail, dole out shorter sentences, and end the disparity in sentencing of people of color are remaking the criminal justice system. Up until now, this reform wave has yet to touch Los Angeles County. The current L.A. County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, first elected in 2012, has largely approached the job as a traditional tough-on-crime prosecutor. Now she’s got a serious 2020 primary challenger in George Gascón.

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City Watch Jackie Lacey Must Abandon Her Pursuit of the Death Penalty

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT–This month, I joined fellow faith leaders on the steps of the Hall of Justice to deliver a letter urging Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to stop seeking the death penalty. The letter, signed by more than 110 faith leaders from communities across L.A., expresses our collective regret and dismay that the death penalty is still very much alive in our community, and asks DA Lacey to bring the immoral, unjust, and irreversible practice to an end.

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New York Times George Gascon Enters Race for District Attorney in Los Angeles

For months, George Gascon, a former beat cop, police chief and then district attorney of San Francisco, has weighed a run for the same job in Los Angeles. On Monday morning, with a backdrop at the hulking Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles, a symbol of the city’s place as the nation’s largest jailer, Mr. Gascon said he was finally entering the race, setting up what activists have described as the most important district attorney’s race in America.

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San Francisco Chronicle SF District Attorney Gascón resigning before election, explores run in LA

Gascón established himself as one of the country’s most progressive district attorneys during his eight years in office. Activist groups have been pushing him for months to run in Los Angeles, where he began his law enforcement career in the city’s Police Department more than four decades ago. Los Angeles County has the largest district attorney’s office and jail system in the country and is viewed as a crucial battleground in the national criminal justice reform movement.

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LA ist Legal Experts Call On Jackie Lacey To End Death Penalty Sentences In LA County

In an open letter released Wednesday, 75 legal experts implored Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey to stop seeking the death penalty for those on trial in L.A. County. Released on the heels of a report last month which found that only people of color had been sentenced to death within the county over the past seven years, the letter notes that, “The American death penalty is broken in every way… It is time for us to stop pretending that the death penalty can or should work.”

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Los Angeles Times Mother of man who died in Ed Buck’s home in 2017 blasts L.A. district attorney

At a news conference Wednesday, Nixon expressed withering criticism of the district attorney’s investigation of Moore’s 2017 death and said she was grateful that federal investigators now are involved in the case. “I did not see that coming,” Nixon said of the federal charges. “I was so happy … that it got snatched from Jackie Lacey.” “Jackie Lacey, she dragged her feet,” Nixon added.

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KTVU San Francisco DA clears more than 9300 cannabis convictions with cutting-edge tech

“Prosecutors should act to address the inherent unfairness of penalizing people for activity that is no longer illegal,” Gascón said in a statement. “Using technology, we have been able to proactively bring greater racial equity and fairness to marijuana legalization in California. I am thrilled to see other counties and states following suit by offering similar relief in their communities. It’s the right thing to do.”

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KABC LA County DA Jackie Lacey talks death penalty, legalizing pot

She is opposed to Proposition 62, which repeals the death penalty. She joins the state’s district attorneys supporting Prop 66, which accelerates the death penalty appellate process. “It’s ridiculous – the delays and antiquated rules,” Lacey said. She does not support the initiative legalizing marijuana, Proposition 64.

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By George Gascón, San Francisco Chronicle State must make cash bail system just and protect public safety

California’s money bail system is broken, unjust and unsafe. Reform is long overdue. It needlessly keeps too many people behind bars, weakening their connection to positive facets of their lives — jobs, housing, treatment and family. What’s worse, money is a terrible proxy for dangerousness, and some individuals simply pose too great a public safety risk to be released.

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By George Gascón, Los Angeles Times A ‘kill switch’ to deter smartphone theft: It’s the right call

Technology has a proven role in preventing crime. When auto theft was on the rise in the 1990s, manufacturers created anti-theft technology that greatly reduced vehicle thefts nationwide. Law enforcement worked hand in hand with manufacturers to harness a technological solution then, preventing crime and victimization. We urge the wireless industry to join us now so we can repeat our previous success and protect wireless consumers everywhere.

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By George Gascón, San Francisco Chronicle Feds’ immigration-hold policy misguided

In my 30 years in law enforcement, I have often witnessed the unintended consequences of well-meaning but poorly developed public safety policies. Few have had as profound an impact on our constitutional rights as the widespread use of immigration holds issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. What the federal government touts as a sound public safety practice is having a chilling effect on local law enforcement’s effectiveness.

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By George Gascón, Merced Sun-Star More prison beds won’t make Californians safer

In my three decades in law enforcement, I have watched as needlessly harsh penalties have overcrowded our prisons, bankrupted our state, and fed a costly and unnecessary cycle of crime. As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently put it, there are simply “too many people in jail for too long, and for not necessarily good reasons.” What’s worse, overincarceration is making Californians less safe, not more.

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By George Gascón, Huff Post The Courage to Change: How Prosecutors Can Lead on Public Safety

As law enforcement leaders, we must have the courage to face the fact that locking everyone up is not winning. Recognizing that jails and prisons are not the answer to every crime or every offender is a paradigm shift that flies in the face of assumptions that we have built upon for many years. Yet, by grounding our work in a commitment to improving public safety, prosecutors can lead the way in reforming our sentencing laws and practices.

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