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May 25, 2022: District Attorney Gascón Addresses Police Accountability on the 2nd Anniversary of George Floyd’s Death

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

On the 2nd anniversary of George Floyd’s death, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón today addressed police accountability and the actions taken by his office to restore trust in the community.

“In the wake of the callous murder of George Floyd, we all promised to do better,” District Attorney Gascón said. “It is important to take a moment to acknowledge what we have achieved and to recognize that we have a long, long way to go in Los Angeles County.”

In the past 18 months, District Attorney Gascón has filed criminal charges against at least 19 law enforcement and safety officers, including:

  • The Long Beach school safety officer who was charged with murder in the shooting of 18-year-old Manuela Rodriguez.
  • A former sheriff’s deputy who was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the on-duty shooting of 24-year-old Ryan Twyman.
  • Five law enforcement officers from four different agencies charged with on-duty assaults.
  • Four law enforcement officers charged with filing false police reports or destroying evidence.

In addition to holding police accountable, District Attorney Gascón also is working with the Board of Supervisors to establish the Family Assistance Fund to provide immediate financial resources to survivors and family members impacted by violence and crime.

That would include people affected by officer-involved shootings and to all victims of violence regardless of their immigration status, reporting, cooperation or documentation.

At Wednesday’s news conference, District Attorney Gascón also offered his sincere condolences to the families of the 19 children and two teachers who were shot to death in Texas and again demanded action to stop these senseless tragedies. Just last week, he outlined steps that leaders nationwide should adopt to prevent mass shootings in the wake of back-to-back shootings in Buffalo, Milwaukee and Laguna Woods.