Black Prosecutors Association of Los Angeles (BPLA)

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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.

02/16/2020

My friend and fellow UCLA alum Chief John Thomas of the USC Police Dept penned this great research article on former LAPD Assistant Police Chief Jesse Brewer. Of course Brewer came to LA at a time when the LAPD was one of the few government agencies that Blacks could advance in. Great to know the stories of the folks that parks and buildings that we pass through every day are named for.

In recognition of Black History Month 2020 and the legacy of African American service in the Los Angeles Police Department...I present, Assistant Chief Jesse A. Brewer.

Prior to his police service, Brewer, attended college at Tuskegee Institute and Shaw University, and would later earn a master’s degree in public administration in 1977 from USC.

He’d also served in combat in WWII where as a Army Combat Infantry Captain he was wounded in the bloody invasion of Italy. As a serviceman He was highly decorated earning the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and 2 Campaign Ribbons.

Prior to his appointment to LAPD in 1952, he’d also served 5 years as an officer with the Chicago Police Department.

As a member of the the LAPD he would have the distinction of being the first black officer in LAPD history to be appointed to Deputy Chief in 1981 and Assistant Chief in 1987.

When he retired in 1991 after 39 years of service, Brewer was the highest-ranking African American in the history of the LAPD. He was then appointed to the Police Commission and helped lead the civilian watchdog agency through the department’s stressful transition from Chief Daryl F. Gates to Chief Willie L. Williams.

Chief Brewer passed away in November 1995.

The 77th Street Jesse A. Brewer Community Regional Police Facility and the Jesse A. Brewer Park (on Exposition Blvd. across the street from his Alma mata, USC) are both named in his honor.

For those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Chief Brewer, he left an indelible impact on our careers and was a true leader and model of community service.

Writer/Researcher: John Thomas

Former Los Angeles City Attorney Capri Maddox making great strides... again!  Congratulations Capri!
02/11/2020
Garcetti makes nomination for director of civil and human rights department

Former Los Angeles City Attorney Capri Maddox making great strides... again! Congratulations Capri!

Capri Maddox, a former president of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, currently oversees initiatives that include the City Attorney Business Support program and attorney recruitment and outrea…

02/06/2020
Great opportunity for graduating collegians or continuing students
01/22/2020

Great opportunity for graduating collegians or continuing students

LAPD could take action against officers in gang-framing case within days, chief says https://www.latimes.com/california/...
01/16/2020
LAPD could take action against officers in gang-framing case within days, chief says

LAPD could take action against officers in gang-framing case within days, chief says https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-15/lapd-could-take-action-against-officers-in-gang-framing-case-within-days-chief-says

Several officers across the city are suspected of falsifying field interview cards from traffic stops and entering incorrect information about those questioned in an effort to boost stop statistics.

https://www.deepsouthvoice.com/index.php/2020/01/11/black-man-sentenced-to-12-years-in-prison-for-using-his-cell-phone-w...
01/13/2020
Judge Gives Black Man 12 Years in Prison for Using Cell Phone While in Jail for Misdemeanor

https://www.deepsouthvoice.com/index.php/2020/01/11/black-man-sentenced-to-12-years-in-prison-for-using-his-cell-phone-while-in-jail-for-a-misdemeanor-mississippi-supreme-court-upholds-sentence

The Mississippi Supreme Court approved what it admitted was an "obviously harsh" punishment on Thursday, ensuring that a black man will serve 12 years because he used his cellphone while in jail on a misdemeanor charge.

Column One: He went from gun-toting Crip to peacemaker. But the streets still came for him https://www.latimes.com/calif...
12/18/2019
He went from gun-toting Crip to peacemaker. But the streets still came for him

Column One: He went from gun-toting Crip to peacemaker. But the streets still came for him https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-12-18/garry-twin-dorton-rollin-40s-crips-peacemaker

In recent years, Garry "Twin" Dorton had started using his street cred to mediate between rival gangs and mentor young people. But there is a hard truth to gang-banging. You can never leave it behind, no matter how cleanly you live.

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/rodney-harrison-becomes-the-first-ever-black-nypds-chief-of-detectives-in-200-years?...
12/17/2019
Rodney Harrison becomes the first-ever black NYPD’s chief of detectives in 200 years - Face2Face Africa

https://face2faceafrica.com/article/rodney-harrison-becomes-the-first-ever-black-nypds-chief-of-detectives-in-200-years?fbclid=IwAR1ILXh5M42sJqQBJfdN3GwfHg7Tpj1AVl8UMXZxUNiWhTLQBRxbUiTWDhU

Rodney Harrison has made history as the first-ever black person to become the New York City Police Department’s chief of detectives. That is nearly in the organization’s 200-year existence. Harrison joined the NYPD as a cadet in 1991, becoming a police officer a year later and patrolled the 114t...

12/09/2019
Photos from Black Prosecutors Association of Los Angeles (BPLA)'s post
12/09/2019

Photos from Black Prosecutors Association of Los Angeles (BPLA)'s post

Kudos to the Los  Angeles County Public Defenders’ Ruby Mejia for donating more toys to tonight’s toy drive!!!  That Lit...
12/05/2019

Kudos to the Los Angeles County Public Defenders’ Ruby Mejia for donating more toys to tonight’s toy drive!!! That Lite-Brite is bringing back so many memories! ❤️❤️❤️

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT!!! Jump start your holiday season by giving back and mix and mingling with LA's professional communi...
12/05/2019

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT!!! Jump start your holiday season by giving back and mix and mingling with LA's professional community! Black Prosecutors Association of Los Angeles (BPLA) invites you to its annual Thursday Night Football Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive at Buffalo Wild Wings in Baldwin Hills on Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5 PM! Bring a new unwrapped book or toy for a child of any age, and enjoy the Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears for an NFL showdown! All donations go to the LADA's Holiday Giving Drive. The Holiday Giving Drive provides holiday meals and gifts, including toys, bikes and gift certificates to hundreds of families that have been victims of violent crime. These families are particularly vulnerable and in need during the holiday season. Additionally, 15% of all food and drink proceeds go to BPLA to help raise money for college scholarships and fund community forums. We will also be offering discounted membership dues at $20 all night!.

Toys for the BPLA toy drive came early, thanks to Tiffany Townend Blacknell!!! You are soooo appreciated Tiffany for you...
12/02/2019

Toys for the BPLA toy drive came early, thanks to Tiffany Townend Blacknell!!! You are soooo appreciated Tiffany for your continued support of this event to make child victims of crime a little happier over the holidays!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Greetings! The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is hiring! The District Attorney 1 position is open for fil...
11/22/2019

Greetings! The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is hiring! The District Attorney 1 position is open for filing from:

8:00 am - December 2, 2019
until
5:00 pm - December 6, 2019

No experience is necessary. MUST BE ADMITTED TO CA BAR. Only online applications will be accepted at http://da.lacounty.gov/employment Tips for applying online will be available at the website listed above starting Friday November 22, 2019. Please do not apply for this position until you have viewed the information on applying. Applications will ONLY BE ACCEPTED during the filing period. Starting salary is 7,221.00 dollars a month. Questions? Call the LADA Human Resource Office at (213) 257-2700. Please spread the word!!

Please be advised that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will be accepting applications for the position...
11/22/2019

Please be advised that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will be accepting applications for the position of Deputy District Attorney I from Monday, December 2 (8:00 a.m. PST) through Friday, December 6, 2019, (5:00 p.m. PST) (filing period). The application will be available on line December 2, 2019, at the following website: http://da.lacounty.gov/employment. Applications will only be accepted via online filing during the filing period. Please see the attachment for further details.

Thank you!

Job opportunity in the Inland Empire
10/31/2019

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Are many homeless people in L.A. mentally ill? New findings back public's perception https://www.latimes.com/california/...
10/08/2019
Are many homeless people in L.A. mentally ill? New findings back the public's perception

Are many homeless people in L.A. mentally ill? New findings back public's perception https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-07/homeless-population-mental-illness-disability

Mental illness, substance abuse and physical disabilities are much more pervasive in L.A. County's homeless population than previously reported, a Times analysis finds. The L.A. Homeless Services Authority narrowly interpreted its data, producing much lower numbers.

SAVE THE DATE!!!  Jump start your holiday season by giving back and mix and mingling with LA's professional community! B...
10/06/2019

SAVE THE DATE!!! Jump start your holiday season by giving back and mix and mingling with LA's professional community! Black Prosecutors Association of Los Angeles (BPLA) invites you to its annual Thursday Night Football Holiday Mixer & Toy Drive at Buffalo Wild Wings in Baldwin Hills! Bring an unwrapped book or toy for a child of any age, and enjoy the Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears for an NFL showdown! All donations go to the LADA's Holiday Giving Drive. The Holiday Giving Drive provides holiday meals and gifts, including toys, bikes and gift certificates to hundreds of families that have been victims of violent crime. These families are particularly vulnerable and in need during the holiday season. Additionally, 15% of all food and drink proceeds go to Black Prosecutors Association of Los Angeles (BPLA) to help raise college scholarships and fund community forums. We will also be offering discounted membership dues at $20 all night! If you are unable to attend, but still would like to make a monetary donation, please donate at http://calfund.org/District-Attorneys-Victim-Assistance-Fund/.

See you there!!!

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