Police and Prosecutorial Misconduct
Ira K. Reiner served as the 39th District Attorney of Los Angeles from 1984-1992, heading the world’s largest local prosecutor’s office. During his tenure, Reiner emphasized environmental justice, and oversaw the creation of the Los Angeles County Environmental Crimes Strike Force. He also established himself as a leader on workplace safety by passing 1988’s Proposition 97, which restored Cal/OSHA, a statewide program aimed at protecting the health and safety of workers. Reiner also began prosecuting employers for workplace deaths, creating an Occupational Safety and Health Section in the District Attorney’s Office to keep workers safe while on the job.
Reiner got his start in politics as a member on the Los Angeles City Fire Commission in 1973. He was then elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees in 1975. Reiner served as Los Angeles City Controller from 1977-1981, and was subsequently elected Los Angeles City Attorney from 1981-1984. After his time as District Attorney, Reiner returned to private practice. He later became President and CEO of the Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council from 2010-2015.
Reiner is currently Visiting Faculty at the Argov Fellowship Program at Reichman University in Israel. He teaches US Political and Legal Systems there one semester annually. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in 1959 and from the Southwestern University School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1964.
Study Group: Police and Prosecutorial Misconduct
"Police and Prosecutorial Misconduct" will examine from a ground level view police and prosecutorial practices that have riven the criminal justice system.
Topics will include pre-textual traffic stops leading to elevated use of force; no knock warrants; use of jail house informants by police and prosecutors; qualified immunity for police and prosecutorial misconduct; police surveillance of political and social activist groups; improper prosecutorial trial practices and additional topics according to class interest and current events.
Guest will be invited to explain/defend their views; challenge and be challenged by those holding competing views.
Mondays, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. PT, SOS B15
Start Date: September 12, 2022
End Date: November 14, 2022
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