A Dozen Cities Are Suing Los Angeles Court System Over Its Zero Bail Policy
Law enforcement veteran Michael Letts discusses why the zero-bail system is a burden to the many communities.
In the face of growing criminal activity and danger that could be imposed upon its communities, a dozen citizens around the Los Angeles area have decided to take matters into their own hands.
Per this report from The Epoch Times, these twelve cities – including the likes of Whittier, Arcadia and Lakewood – have filed a lawsuit, asking the Los Angeles Superior Court to stop the system’s implemented zero bail policy.
The Superior Court initially removed cash bail for several non-violent crimes as part of this system, which went into effect this week.
Why does it pose such a threat? Glendale Mayor Gary Boyer noted, “The zero-bail schedule fails to support local leaders in their pledge to protect their residents, and that is unacceptable.”
He also added, “It is our duty to this community to ensure the safety of those who live here, work here, and visit.” Judging how the zero-bail system is set to operate, that could be a problem.
Joining us now to discuss the matter further is Michael Letts, a law enforcement veteran with over 30 years of experience under his belt. Letts is President, Founder and CEO of InVest USA, an organization that provides bulletproof vests to police officers through various charitable groups and sponsorships. His expertise on the matter will certainly be welcome here.
- First off, what is zero-bail, and why does it pose such a danger to communities?
- Why do you think Los Angeles Superior Court implemented the system, especially since COVID-19 doesn’t pose much of a threat anymore?
- Do you believe the Superior Court will address the matter? Or will the cities have to keep pushing their lawsuit in an effort to stop it?
- The report notes that about 20 percent of defendants are “re-arrested” after being let go on crimes with zero-bail. Shouldn’t this be concerning enough for officials to change?
- What do you think will happen with Los Angeles law enforcement as 2024 rolls in?
- You’re the creator of InVest USA, an organization that provides bulletproof vests to police officers through various charitable groups and sponsorships. Tell us more about that, and why support for fellow officers is so important right now.
- Tell us more about RestoringJustice.US, the new website where you help out citizens in need surrounding law matters.
- Where can we learn more about InVest USA, Restoring Justice and whatever else you’re working on?
About Michael Letts
Michael Letts is the Founder, President, and CEO of InVest USA, a national grassroots non-profit organization that is helping hundreds of communities provide thousands of bulletproof vests for their police forces through educational, public relations, sponsorship, and fundraising programs. He also has over 30 years of law enforcement experience under his belt, hence his pro-police stance for his brothers and sisters in blue. Those interested in learning more about Letts can visit his official website here.