Why LA’s DA Refuses to Prosecute Killer Cops
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FEATURING MELINA ABDULLAH – In the on-going efforts to hold police accountable for fatal shootings, activists with Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles have been demanding answers from LA County DA Jackie Lacey. While the county leads the nation in police killings, so far during her tenure, DA Lacey has yet to charge a single officer.
While it is rare for police officers anywhere to be charged and tried, Lacey, who is the first African American in LA County to hold the office, has been in power while nearly 300 people were killed at the hands of Los Angeles police or the LA Sheriff’s Department.
An analysis by the Guardian newspaper in 2015 showed that the close relationship between law enforcement and DAs often presents a conflict of interest over prosecuting cops over fatal killings.
Sing the petition to ‘Prosecute Police Who Kill Our People’ HERE.
Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pan African Studies at California State University of Los Angeles, active with the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter.