679 'Killer Cops' Listed on BLM Police Violence Database in L.A. County Alone

A new database created by Black Lives Matter Los Angeles aims to shine light on the vast number of police killings in L.A. County, with law enforcement accused of being responsible for 618 deaths since January 2013.

The "ProsecuteKillerCops.org" website was launched by BLM L.A. on Wednesday, with the organization branding the platform a "contemporary Red Record, inspired by the work of powerful warrior Ancestor Ida B. Wells-Barnett."

Published in 1895, The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynching in the United States, 1892-1894, provided a detailed account of the lynchings that took place in the U.S. in the 1800s.

"Like the Red Record of 1895, this site was built in order to expose those who murder our people," the ProsecuteKillerCops website states.

The data on the site spans from January 2013 to the present, with the intention of covering the time that embattled District Attorney Jackie Lacey has been in office.

Since taking office in 2012, Lacey has faced widespread criticism from BLM and other rights groups over her refusal to prosecute law enforcement in police-involved killings.

The new BLM database highlights the deaths of 618 people and names 679 law enforcement workers across departments and agencies at the local to federal level as their "killers."

Of the 618 cases of people being killed in police-involved incidents since January 2013, the website states that just one case has seen officers prosecuted.

"The number of police killings in Los Angeles County is the highest of any locale in the nation," it states. Yet, "Lacey has refused to charge officers in all but one case."

"This site is an effort to expose police who murder and demand that they be held accountable, beginning with prosecutions and building towards a reimagined systems of public safety," it states.

"Most of these killer cops are still working in law enforcement; a number of them have killed more than once. These officers are dangerous, and have targeted Black and Brown people," it says.

According to an analysis by The Los Angeles Times, since 2000 there have been nearly 900 killings by local police that were ruled homicides by county medical examiners in L.A.

Almost all of those killed were men, with nearly 80 percent being Black or Latino. Nearly all of those killed (98 percent) were shot to death.

In the wake of George Floyd's death, there have been widespread calls for police brutality and systemic racism in policing to be addressed, with many calling for law enforcement to be defunded altogether.

In L.A., BLM activists have led those calls, while also demanding that voters see Lacey removed from office as the district attorney faces a difficult re-election battle amid growing calls for criminal justice reform.

The DA's rival, former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, has already received high-profile endorsements from progressives, including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

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Protesters hold signs during a demonstration asking for the removal of District Attorney Jackie Lacey in front of the Hall of Justice, in Los Angeles, California, on June 17, 2020. VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty