The unchecked power of law enforcement and prosecutors in California has led to devastating consequences. Hundreds of people are injured or even killed every year by law enforcement who used excessive use of force or other unjust and illegal practices. Prosecutors who promote a “win at all costs” mentality and knowingly commit misconduct ruin lives by sending innocent people to prison. These injustices have been allowed to fester, in secret, for far too long.
The job of a district attorney is to seek justice in criminal cases, work to prevent crime, and serve as a leader in the diverse communities they represent. This includes holding law enforcement, as well as their own prosecutors, to their legal and ethical duties. DAs must take officer-involved shootings and accusations of police brutality seriously by proactively reviewing cases, setting up truly independent investigations, and holding police accountable for their actions no matter what (or who).
A district attorney who is committed to equitable law enforcement and prosecutorial accountability will work to improve transparency and accountability in and out of their offices, reward fair conduct and fight misconduct.