Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced the formation of a panel to re-examine fatal police shootings that were already deemed justified. The liberal DA who has come under fire for his pro-criminal policies chose a biased panel comprised of a Black Lives Matter activist as well as an American Civil Liberties Union senior staffer, both organizations have been outright in their support for defunding the police.
The Daily Wire reports:
“Significant concerns have been raised by law enforcement officials, civil rights attorneys, activists and others regarding the handling of numerous police use-of-force cases,” said Gascón. “In order to restore trust and move forward as a community, I am convening this group to thoroughly review the evidence and make recommendations on cases that we may need to examine more closely.”
FACCT will identify and prioritize the cases, then hand them off to law students at the University of California, Irvine, for examination. The students will report back to FACCT members and make presentations based on their reviews. Students from the Dornsife Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Southern California will also assist in the process.
According to the DA’s Office, “FACCT, either as a group or as individual members, will not opine whether charges should be filed,” but “will present findings and additional evidence that may be contrary to the prior decision to decline to prosecute.”
“The District Attorney’s Office will make the final decision on whether additional investigation is necessary, the matter is assigned to a special prosecutor or criminal charges will be filed,” Gascon’s media team confirmed.
The District Attorney’s office says that The Factual Analysis Citizen Consulting Team (FACCT) is the first step in establishing legislation that will establish a separate entity that can review police shootings.