A Los Angeles Times story about a petition to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón cited this year’s UCLA Quality of Life Index, a survey that includes favorability ratings for selected state and local officials. County residents surveyed in March were nearly equally divided in their opinions of the reform-minded D.A., who had a 31% favorability rating compared to 32% unfavorable. However, more respondents had intensely unfavorable opinions (22%) than intensely favorable ones (9%), according to the index produced annually by the Los Angeles Initiative at UCLA Luskin. To move forward, recall organizers must collect signatures of support from 10% of L.A. County’s registered voters — a little more than 579,000 people — by Oct. 27. Gascón has also faced lawsuits from prosecutors in his own office, interference on cases from other California law enforcement leaders and an outcry from some crime victims who claim his policies have abandoned them.
A panel of guest speakers from UCLA and the field of criminal justice will discuss qualified immunity and police violence in America.
Emily Weisburst, assistant professor of public policy, criminal justice expert and researcher
Connie Rice, civil rights lawyer and co-director of Advancement Project of Los Angeles
Joanna Schwartz, law professor and a leading expert on police misconduct
Steven Zipperstein, public policy lecturer, and a lawyer on criminal justice policy