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L.A. County DA Jackie Lacey. (Screenshot from LA County DA's Office video)
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Good morning, L.A.

L.A. County’s district attorney race this year has been contentious, with incumbent Jackie Lacey drawing the ire of Black Lives Matter activists, and one particularly volatile incident in which her husband drew a gun on protesters outside their home.

Lacey has been criticized for not prosecuting law enforcement officials who use deadly force, and for only sentencing non-white people to death. (According to the L.A. Times, since taking office Lacey has secured the death penalty for 13 Latino defendants, eight Black defendants and one defendant of Asian descent.) The primary election in March resulted in a runoff, meaning that instead of holding onto her seat at that time, Lacey was forced to continue to defend it until voters hit the polls again next month.

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Now, she’s been dealt another blow; L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti withdrew his support of Lacey on Sunday and threw it behind her challenger, former San Francisco D.A. George Gascón.

“[Gascón] knows how to promote public safety through partnerships with and beyond law enforcement,” Garcetti said in a statement. “[He] will help our county shift the burden from the criminal justice system and jails toward diversion, intervention, and re-entry programs that save money and save lives.”

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Wildfires: The Bobcat Fire is 84% contained, with a few remaining spots of brush continuing to burn themselves out around Mount Wilson.

Policing The Police: The Long Beach Police Department says it is investigating how a Trump flag emblazoned with "Make America Great Again" ended up flying over headquarters this weekend.

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Coronavirus Updates: L.A. County public health officials on Sunday confirmed 933 new cases of the coronavirus and five new deaths attributed to the disease. As more people within President Trump's circle test positive for COVID-19, the way in which the White House has handled the pandemic all along has come under sharp scrutiny.

The D.A. Race: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has withdrawn his support for incumbent L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and announced his endorsement of challenger George Gascón.


Photo Of The Day

Supporters of President Trump took part in a caravan rally for his reelection in Glendale on Sunday.

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