Thousands of cases delayed as LA County courts remain closed due to unrest

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Jun 2, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, on June 2, 2020 in Los Angeles. June 2 marks a week of nation-wide protests in support of Floyd, and other victims of police brutality. Photo credit: Harrison Hill via USA TODAY NETWORK

The Los Angeles Police Department says it has arrested nearly 3000 people since last Friday. Of those 3000, only 200 were charged with looting. The rest were arrested for breaking curfew and/or failing to disperse.

Once police arrest people and bring them to facilities for processing, their cases often end up in the hands of LA County public defenders. Those court-appointed attorneys are already overwhelmed with backed up caseloads because COVID-19 has put a strain on the judicial system.



  • Nikhil Ramnaney - President of Local 148, the union representing LA County Public Defenders, public defender in Long Beach court