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The DA In Los Angeles Is Only Going For The Death Penalty In Cases Involving Defendants Who Are People Of Color

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According to a new report by the ACLU, Los Angeles’ District Attorney is continuing to seek the death penalty despite a state-wide moratorium on capital punishment.

What’s more? She’s only seeking the death penalty against defendants who are black, Latino, or Asian.

The ACLU report was highlighted by news from The Guardian.

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Los Angeles has sentenced more people to death than any other county in the US, and only people of color have received the death penalty under the region’s current prosecutor, a new report shows.

LA county’s district attorney, Jackie Lacey, has won death sentences for a total of 22 defendants, all people of color, and eight of them were represented by lawyers with serious misconduct charges prior or after their cases.

Even though there is a moratorium on the death penalty in California, LA’s district attorney is still seeking the death penalty.

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The District Attorney has also continued to seek the death penalty despite the fact that California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, issued a moratorium on capital punishment, with an executive order officially halting executions in the state.

The governor’s moratorium affects the 737 inmates currently awaiting execution in California, who will not be put to death while Newsom is in office. Lacey, however, is continuing to seek the death penalty, despite the fact that a majority of voters in LA county have twice voted in favor of death penalty repeal measures.

Not only is she seeking the death penalty, but she’s also breaking records.

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In the last five years, LA produced more death sentences per capita than any large county in Texas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah or Washington – and sent more people to death row than the states of Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia combined.

And out of more than 3,100 counties nationwide, LA was one of only four to have more than one death sentence. Let those numbers sink in.

And it’s usage is highlighting the built-in racism in our criminal justice system.

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Lacey began her role as DA in 2012 and since then zero, yes zero, white defendants have been sentenced to death. Yet her capital punishment sentences disproportionately targeted cases involving white victims.

For example, white people only made up 12% of LA’s homicide victims yet 36% of Lacey’s death penalty wins involved white victims.

And perhaps most telling, of the 22 defendants sentenced to death under Lacey, 13 were Latino, eight were black and one was Asian. Zero were white.

Lacey has also faced intense scrutiny for her refusal to prosecute police officers who kill civilians, even in the most damning circumstances.

For her part, the DA says the death penalty has not been abolished by voters and she continues to enforce the law.

In a statement to The Guardian, Lacey said: “As a career prosecutor, I believe the death penalty is the appropriate punishment for some crimes – a serial killer, someone who tortures and kills a young child, the person who rapes and then kills the victim to silence his only witness or someone who kills a police officer trying to do her job safely.”

The people, especially the communities most in danger because of her policies, have had enough.

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Protests and Twitter campaigns have become the norm with nearly weekly marches taking place across Los Angeles demanding further answers from the DA.

Many on Twitter had questions about how she could still be pursuing the death penalty if there was a moratorium.

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Same though… Like if you’re governor has basically decreed that the death penalty isn’t in effect while he’s in office, why would you keep pushing for the death penalty?

Other’s on Twitter weren’t so surprised by the disappointing news.

Minority communities have long been targets for increased and unfair prosecutions, arrests, and stricter sentencing. For many this is just business as normal.

Another Street Vendor Was Brutally Attacked In LA And His Tearful Plea For Help Will Make You Cry Too

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Another Street Vendor Was Brutally Attacked In LA And His Tearful Plea For Help Will Make You Cry Too

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Arcadio Bernardino, 66, has learned a living as a street vendor selling raspados for 10 years. This week he was brutally attacked in Los Angeles.

The attackers beat and kicked him until he lost a tooth and was left unconcious – in broad daylight. In a heartbreaking video, through tears, he’s begging the community for help in finding those who did this to him.

A 66-year-old man who sells raspados was brutally attacked and robbed of his $80 and he’s asking for your help.

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The brutal attacked happened near USC – just outside Downtown Los Angeles.

According to NBC LA, he was making his rounds when he was approached by two men at 3:30 p.m. He said one held him from behind while another grabbed his money bag. He was struck in the face, head, and body.

The attackers left him unconscious, knocked out a tooth, and stole his earnings for the day.

Through tears, he said the most painful thing was losing one of his teeth.

His daughter told NBC LA that she worries a lot about her papi out there working. But she said: “I don’t care about the money. I don’t care about anything but the pain he feels. It’s not fair.”

Twitter lit up with reactions of shock, anger, and those who wanted to help.

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From LA to North Carolina, tweets poured in with people expressing all sorts of emotions about the attack. With many questioning how truly disturbed peple have to be to attack an elderly man.

People were shocked that people could target a hard-working man just out there doing his job to support himself.

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Many sent support and love to him and his entire family.

Many shared that they see their own family members in this man’s tears and hard work.

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Men like Bernardino come to the US to provide a better life for their families than the one they had, so to see him attacked so brutally really struck a cord with the Latino community.

For a while, there wasn’t a GoFundMe page setup to help with costs and people demanded one!

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His daughter, probably after seeing all these people wanting and willing to help her father, launched a GoFundMe page to help with costs.

The attack on Bernardino sadly isn’t all that rare in Los Angeles.

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In July 2017, Benjamin Ramirez, an elote street vendor in Los Angeles, was threatened and had his food cart damaged by a man later identified as Carlos A. Hakas. Ramirez told Fox 11 Los Angelesthat he filmed the entire altercation on his phone because he was previously harassed by Hakas.

In their latest confrontation, Ramirez, 24, told Fox 11 that Hakas was behaving more aggressively, had a dog, and was holding something in his hand.

If you want to help Bernardino, his daughter setup a GoFundMe page and you can donate here.

READ: An Elotero Had His Cart Thrown To Ground And He Got It All On Video

These Are Just Some Of The Latinos Giving RuPaul’s DragCon In Los Angeles So Much Life

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These Are Just Some Of The Latinos Giving RuPaul’s DragCon In Los Angeles So Much Life

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There’s no arguing that “Rupaul’s Drag Race” has changed the world and perception of drag. Drag has become a popular, mainstream part of American culture in large part to the show and RuPaul’s work. Nothing proves this more than the annual RuPaul’s DragCon event that brings the famous queens to the fans with days of entertainment, panels and performances. Here’s a little peak into the Latino presence that will dominate RuPaul’s DragCon this year.

AB Soto

Get those dancing shoes ready. AB Soto is sharing his dancing skills with all of his fans and convention attendees. The singer and dancer is going to be part of the “Jealous of My Boogie” panel on Saturday morning talking about his love of dance and how he fell into the business. Be ready, he might be willing to teach you a few steps.

2. Yara Sofia

Yara Sofia is sharing her experience and expertise with her fans with multiple panels. First, she will be joining fellow Latino queen Alexis Mateo and other Season 3 queens to talk about how things really are in the RuPaul work room and beyond. Then, on Saturday afternoon, Sofia will give fans a taste of what it means to properly tuck for the best drag in your life. Be ready to hear some things that you might not be ready to hear.

3. Alexis Mateo

Sometimes you got to be evil to get what you want! #devil #evil #bam #red

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The mother of the infamous Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, aka Miss Vanjie, and that is what she is bringing to RuPaul’s DragCon this year. She, along with her drag mother Madame LaQueer and daughter Miss Vanjie, will host a panel about the importance of drag families. Just like friends, drag mothers and daughters are the family you choose.

4. Serena ChaCha

You might remember Serena ChaCha from her brief time on season 5. While she didn’t take home the crown, she did use her fame and name to create a line of wigs that will leave you gagging. That said, it makes sense that ChaCha will be imparting her knowledge about wigs to her fans during her panel “Wig Out!: Create Your Coif.”

5. Ginger Minj

Drag queens use sexual innuendos in a lot of their comedy. Not a read, just an observation. Clearly there is nothing wrong with some naughty jokes and salacious banter even if you are committed. That’s why Ginger Minj is joining Chad Michaels and Dusty Ray Bottoms on Saturday afternoon to discuss committed life while being a very famous drag queen. #Education

6. Aja

Who’s a SLUT? Wearing @marekrichard for their new collection FRESH VIBES ✨💎

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Who else remembers the game Toot or Boot from the show? Well, Aja and Raja are bringing the show to life with their own special version called “WOW Presents Plus: Fashion Photo Ruview.” Find out what these two queens think about different looks in only the way they can.

7. Cynthia Lee Fontaine

Cynthia Lee Fontaine left fans shook when she came back as a surprise contestant on season 9 after being eliminated in season 8. She did win Miss Congeniality on her original season so it wasn’t a total loss. She is just one of the queens during “Guess Who’s Back In the House: Returning Queens” to discuss what it is like to come back and face RuPaul again.

8. Vanessa Vanjie Mateo

Mis Vanjie! There is no denying that this queen made herself very famous when she left the stage chanting her name over and over again. The queens on season 10 still refer to that moment because that is a legacy, baby. Check her out on Saturday with her drag mother and grandmother discussing the concept of a drag family.

9. Madame LaQueer

All the way from Puerto Rico, and season 4, Madame LaQueer is one of the queens we cannot forget. She might have made 10th place on her season but her talk about family and the unity that is drag sisterhood is important. Check her out with her drag family Saturday afternoon.

READ: Here’s How Upset Some ‘American Idol’ Fans Are That A Drag Queen Made The Top Ten

Are you going to be RuPaul’s DragCon this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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