William B. Turner
Most district attorneys in the United States are elected. They are local prosecutors, responsible for the daily business of deciding whom to charge and with what in ordinary criminal matters. Electing them is a mixed bag, as it always is. That can make them highly responsive to their constituents, as they mostly should be, within the bounds of the law and the ethical requirements for attorney conduct.
But it also means that they have to operate according to the often slightly grotesque rules of elections as we practice them in the United States.
A particularly nasty example has shown up recently. The East Bay Times has reported that the Alameda County district attorney received a donation of $10,000 from the local police union as she was investigating allegations of criminal conduct by three police officers who killed two citizens.
We see a trend here.
Look who else got $10,000 from the police while she was supposed to be investigating them.
The DA of Alameda County, California.
Of course, the case disappeared.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) April 1, 2018