*The National Action Network (NAN) and a coalition of every Major South L.A. civil rights organization and its leadership are demanding the immediate resignation of Los, Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
They say her tenure as D.A. has been a failure marked with cowardice and a disaster for the African-American community.They claim that there will be acts of civil disobedience outside her Los Angeles downtown office!
So what’s behind desire for her ouster? Here’s the explanation via a press release from the activists sent to the Electronic Urban Report/EURweb.com:
Why Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey must go. Lacey has served as the district attorney of Los Angeles County since Dec. 3, 2012. Unfortunately, her tenure as D.A. has been a failure marked with cowardice and a disaster for the African-American community. Lacey has turned a blind eye to police abuse and the unjust murders of African-American residents in the city by law enforcement. There are numerous examples of Lacey’s unwillingness to protect our people from these abusive and killer cops.
Marlene Pinnock the mentally ill grandmother who was savagely beaten on the side of the freeway on July 1, 2014 by a CHP officer. Her beating was captured on videotape and made international news. The officer was fired shortly afterward and Pinnock was awarded over a million dollars in a settlement offer.Fourteen months later this officer is still walking around a free man because Lacey has refused to prosecute him. On Aug. 11, 2014, Ezell Ford, the mentally ill South Los Angeles young man was stopped by LAPD officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas for no apparent reason and killed after a physical confrontation with them .
On June 9, 2015, the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners issued a ruling stating that Wampler violated Ford’s civil rights by detaining him. The commission also rejected Chief Charlie Beck’s conclusion that Wampler had adhered to LAPD policy.The inspector Generals investigation found Wampler in violation of policy in four areas (tactics, drawing of weapon, use of non-lethal force, use of deadly force).The community is still waiting on criminal charges to be filed by Lacey against Wampler.
The community is still demanding justice for Brendon Glenn the unarmed Venice Beach homeless man who also was shot and killed by the LAPD on May 5, 2015. Glenn’s death at the hands of LAPD officer Clifford Procter was captured on videotape, and to his credit Chief Beck, who reviewed the videotaped killing, said at a news conference that he is “very concerned” about the shooting death of Glenn.
“Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify,” Beck said. “I have not seen extraordinary circumstances at this point.”
Now anytime you have Chief Beck stating publicly that he didn’t see a reason for his officer to kill Glenn that should be a clear sign that Lacey should be prosecuting this officer as well, but instead she continues to fail to protect the African-American community.
On March 1, 2015, Charly “Africa” Leundeu Keunang, whose videotaped confrontation with LAPD officers resulted in his shooting death. That videotape was viewed by millions and also showed Trishawn Carey, a mentally ill Skid row homeless woman who was a friend of Africa.Carey is currently in criminal court fighting for her life and freedom against Lacey. She’s facing 25 years to life in prison for simply picking up and holding a police baton that was dropped by LAPD officers after they shot and killed “Africa.” Lacey and her failure to protect us has demonstrated she is more concerned with protecting abusive and killer cops. Black lives don’t matter to her, but what does matter to her is continuing to be the black face and tool of a justice system founded and steeped in white supremacy.” Stated Najee Ali of Project Islamic HOPE and Pastor K.W.Tulloss of the National Action Network.
Press Conference : September 30th 2015
Time : 10:00 am
Location: D.A.Jackie Lacey Hall of Justice office . 211 West Temple street . Los Angeles CA.90011
Sponsored by :
The family of Carlos Oliva shot to death by L.A.S.D.
The family of Trishawn Carey who’s facing a sentence of 25 years to life.
The National Action Network, President Pastor K.W.Tulloss
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, President William Snart
The NAACP Compton chapter President Paulette Simpson Gipson
The Coalition for Community Control Over the police, President Jubilee Shine
Project Islamic HOPE, President Najee Ali