L.A.’s DA Goes Toe-to-Toe With Challengers — and Protesters
The most contentious issues surrounding the criminal justice system were on full display last week during a raucous debate between L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and her challengers.
Lacey was there to debate former public defender Rachel Rossi and George Gascón, who most recently served as District Attorney of San Francisco. But she also faced an audience of hecklers, including a man who rushed toward the stage. He was promptly restrained.
Lacey’s critics say she has been in office too long; that she is impervious to the problem of racial bias and has not been supportive enough of significant criminal justice reform. Both candidates slammed the top prosecutor for her continued support of the death penalty, which she said she’ll seek in the most extreme cases such as the torture and murder of 8-year-old Palmdale boy Gabriel Fernandez.
They also criticized her failure to criminally prosecute officers accused of misconduct.
Last year, the social justice movement tried— and largely failed — to unseat some of the state’s toughest district attorneys. But they think they’ve got a real shot in L.A. County this time.
Read more about the issues defining Los Angeles County’s District Attorney race here.