Last week, two of the three Democratic candidates for Los Angeles County DA took part in a debate last week hosted by Black Lives Matter, the ACLU of Southern California, and Loyola Law School at the California African American Museum. Incumbent Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey was not present. Since Lacey took office in 2012, 22 people have been sentenced to death in Los Angeles County.
WTI exoneree and board member, Herman Lindsey, was invited to share his unique perspective on the death penalty and to ask the candidates to share their plans for dealing with the death penalty if elected. The two candidates who were present at the debate, former San Francisco district attorney George Gascón and former Los Angeles public defender Rachel Rossi, both said that they would not pursue the death penalty in any cases.
Watch a livestream of the debate.
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