Let the DA do his job. I must err on the side of compassion.
BPLA is the Los Angeles affiliate of the National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) that was founded on September 12, 2010. The NBPA is the only professional membership organization dedicated to the advancement of African-Americans as prosecutors. Founded in 1983, the Association's membership is comprised of over 800 prosecutors nationwide. In addition to prosecutors, the association's membership includes law students, former prosecutors, and law enforcement personnel. The NBPA is emerging as the international association of Black law enforcement professionals with a reputation for providing education and leadership in the legal profession through its intensive training sessions and multi-disciplined networking. BPLA's members include all prosecutors within the Southern California area; including the counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, Orange, Kern and Riverside.
Mission: BPLA's mission is to further the legal education and professional advancement of African-American prosecutors within their respective offices; conduct forums to educate the community on the criminal justice system; implement community service projects and scholarships; develop mentorship programs for African-American lawyers, law students, elementary and high school students; and promote professional and social interaction among its members, the legal profession and the community.
Let the DA do his job. I must err on the side of compassion.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Friday filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Marshals Service after they deployed agents to quell demonstrations in Portland, Ore.
A hospitalized prosecutor in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, told colleagues he filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after becoming ill with COVID-19.
The California Supreme Court on July 16 directed the State Bar to administer the fall California Bar Exam online October 5-6. Registration is extended through July 24. The Court also permanently lowered the passing score to 1390 and directed the State Bar to expedite a provisional licensing program for 2020 law school grads. Read the court’s letter to the State Bar: http://ow.ly/XvPf50AAFjW
Gathering of Black Prosecutors circa 1990s Glad to see similar energy building post Floyd/Taylor. Strong group of folks who are in the justice system working for equal justice under the law.
A 15-year-old in Michigan was incarcerated during the coronavirus pandemic after a judge ruled that not completing her schoolwork violated her probation. “It just doesn’t make any sense,” said the girl’s mother.
Americans took to the streets to protest police brutality. But the need for systemic reform runs much deeper.
Editorial: Coronavirus has made it unsafe to take the California bar. So put new lawyers to work without it https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-07-14/law-student-diploma-privilege
Because coronavirus makes taking the bar exam impossible, California's Supreme Court should grant 2020 law school graduates a provisional 'diploma privilege.'
LAPD officer accused of falsifying gang records faced earlier credibility questions but stayed on elite unit https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-12/lapd-officer-accused-in-gang-framing-scandal-faced-earlier-credibility-questions
An LAPD officer charged with falsifying records and obstructing justice was allowed to work in an elite division even though questions were raised about his credibility five years ago.
Inside California courts, lawyers fume that mask wearing is mixed during pandemic https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-11/courts-masks-coronavirus-public-defenders
Public defenders are angry that, in some counties, sheriff's deputies won't wear masks in courthouses, despite a state order on face coverings to prevent coronavirus spread.
‘All he saw to me was my skin color’: Clerk faces backlash from judge’s comment https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-06/judge-carney-resignation-follow
Chief judge's comment on race roil court,
Capri Maddox dropping wisdom this Sunday morning! Leaning into her new position as director of the recently created LA City Dept of Human and Civil Rights
The deans said the justices gave no indication of which exam option they may favor. State Bar officials, however, appeared early in the meeting to be leaning in favor of an online exam in October, they said.
Los Angeles cuts LAPD spending, taking police staffing to its lowest level in 12 years https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-01/lapd-budget-cuts-protesters-police-brutality
Deluged by demands for cuts in police spending, the L.A. City Council votes to take the LAPD down to 9,757 officers by next summer.
Capri Maddox is leading a frontier into a new sense of equality within Los Angeles. As the first executive director of the newly developed Civil and Human Rights Department, she is cultivating a stronger resource to be available for underserved communities
More good news out of the Manhattan DA's office, another good friend, long time member of the NBPA (and instrumental in the success of its annual Job Fair), and long time DDA at the Manhattan office got promoted to Chief of the Victims Bureau. Congratulations Tanya Apparicio!
LMPD is initiating termination of Brett Hankison, one of three officers to shoot Breonna Taylor, Mayor Greg Fischer said Friday.
Oakland residents stunned to find effigy hanging from tree, after nooses reported https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-18/oakland-residents-horrified-to-find-effigy-one-day-after-ropes-resembling-nooses-found
A figure was found hanging in effigy near Lake Merritt in Oakland, a day after apparent nooses found hanging from trees spurred a hate-crime investigation.
A death row inmate has been waiting 18 months for DNA test results that could prove his innocence https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-06-18/kevin-cooper-dna-test-murder-death-row
DNA tests were ordered 18 months ago that could ascertain whether a death row inmate is innocent of a 1983 murder. Why don't we have the results yet?
For black people to achieve equal justice, we need to be a part of every aspect of the criminal justice system that directly affects us.
Column One: They lost loved ones to police violence. George Floyd’s killing has made the pain new again https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-14/police-violence-victims-california-george-floyd-protests
For families who have lost loved ones to police violence, the killing of George Floyd tears at old wounds and compels them to speak of those they've lost.
Lopez: Black people make up 8% of L.A. population and 34% of its homeless. That’s unacceptable https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-13/column-african-americans-make-up-8-of-l-a-population-and-34-of-homeless-count-heres-why
Will calls for racial justice extend to solving the disproportionate number of homeless Black people?
It is time to remove the names of traitors like Benning and Bragg from our country’s most important military installations.
Plan to restore affirmative action in California clears hurdle after emotional debate https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-10/affirmative-action-california-proposition-209-repeal-election
The plan would strike from California's Constitution the rules imposed by Proposition 209, which prohibits government agencies and institutions from giving preferential treatment to individuals on the basis of race or sex
Los Angeles City Mayor Garcetti brought awareness to the Civil and Human Rights Department, introducing their first Executive Director, Capri Maddox. This department will magnify the social issues that live among the city and reflect on the solutions. The Los Angeles City Mayor also announced to the...
As peaceful demonstrations continue across L.A., Garcetti introduces director of new civil and human rights department https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-05/with-curfews-lifted-a-peaceful-night-in-l-a-as-more-protests-on-tap-for-weekend
The protesters arrived as Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore spoke for about four minutes next to a portrait of George Floyd.
Former NYC medical examiner is conducting examination.
Smaller jury pools, remote proceedings, video-streamed hearings and restrictions on visitors will be part of the new normal.
I just witnessed the lynching of a black man, but don’t worry Ted, I’ll have those deliverables to you end of day.
A STATEMENT FROM BPLA
BPLA has always expected a thorough investigation by the appropriate law enforcement authorities Into all allegations of police misconduct no matter where the allegations are made or where they occur. When there are videos that clearly depict the misconduct, and we stress the word “clearly,” the timeline for arrest and prosecution diminishes significantly; claims of trying to avoid “a rush to justice” in the face of clear video evidence demonstrates a lack of understanding of the role of a prosecutor, is beyond disrespecting a life that was lost, and in fact, confirms in the minds of many, that those with the power to prosecute devalue certain individual’s lives.
The videos produced in the George Floyd death unambiguously depict officers complicit in using excessive force in the detention of Mr. Floyd at a minimum. Arrest and prosecution of those officers should not have been delayed. We are encouraged by the arrest of Officer Chauvin yesterday, but it goes without saying that justice requires that this investigation must continue to look at the actions, or inactions, of all of the officers present during Mr. Floyd’s detention.
We feel the same anger and frustration that those that are engaging in civil unrest feel but violence and destruction will not bring about substantive change in the criminal justice system. Only serious discussion and engagement can do that. Stay safe and be positive!
Law enforcement ties and long delay complicate Arbery case https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-05-17/law-enforcement-ties-delay-arbery-case
An investigative agency and prosecutor must untangle the probe of Ahmaud Arbery's killing, build a case and make up for lost time and missed chances.
Powerful Opinion Piece
Who is being released due to COVID and who isn’t?
A letter from inside Marion Correctional Institution is the voice of those locked in cages and discarded during this pandemic.
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