PROSECUTORS ARE COPS TOO
POLICE VIOLENCE IS NOT THE RESULT OF A SINGLE POLICE OFFICER BRUTALIZING ONE PERSON OF COLOR.
Police violence is the product of an intricate and intentional system designed to oppress the marginalized while protecting and immunizing law enforcement - system that includes district attorneys. District attorneys (DAs) are elected officials and answer to us. Prosecutorial discretion is perhaps the most powerful and oppressive mechanism in our justice system.
PROSECUTORS ARE NOT A DEGREE REMOVED FROM POLICE VIOLENCE; THEY ARE POLICE VIOLENCE.
Prosecutors are the gatekeepers of mass incarceration and the protectors of violent cops. It is not a judge who decides not to prosecute violent cops or to disproportionately charge people of color. It is not a judge who controls what sentence a criminal defendant will face, if any. It is a DA. DAs use their power to perpetuate police violence, and it must stop.