On Wednesday, May 30, the LACW joined Black Lives Matter–Los Angeles for their 36th straight week of protesting LAPD and LACSD killing of unarmed citizens and District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s refusal to prosecute murderous cops. The protests are held outside Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office in the Hall of (In)Justice to demand that Lacey either prosecute police officers who kill residents, or resign.
More than 400 people have been killed by LAPD and LACSD during Lacey’s six year tenure as District Attorney, and her office has yet to press charges on an officer in any case. Even in a case where Police Chief Charlie Beck found an officer negligent, Lacey refused to prosecute. David Harris, a professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Law, said it is unusual for a police chief to recommend the prosecution of one of his own and even rarer for a prosecutor to then decline to press charges. Since the year 2000, there have been more than 1500 police shootings in L.A. County.
For seven of the last eight years, the LAPD has led all U.S. police departments in the killings of its residents, with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department leading in other years. At least twenty-five people have been killed since the actions outside of DA Lacey’s office began, nearly one killing per week. This is more killings than entire countries have in one year, and yet Jackie Lacey does absolutely nothing. In fact, she goes out of her way to overlook strong evidence to bring a cop to trial. As we chanted in between hearing victims’ families horrible and devastating testimonies: JACKIE LACEY MUST GO! JACKIE LACEY WILL GO!
In above left photo, LACW Matt Harper, Theo Kayser and Kaleb Havens help hold banner with the names of just some of the victims. In below photo is LACW Karan Benton, Alex Addesso, Megan Ramsey, and Sarah Fuller at far right. Also present but not in photos were Mike Wisniewski and Micah Wullschleger.