MARCH 24, 2021
CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER FAISAL GILL
LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR LA CITY ATTORNEY
Faisal Gill Kicks Off Campaign for Los Angeles City Attorney With Video Ad "Do Better", Endorsements from Congressmembers Karen Bass, Ro Khanna, and Ilhan Omar
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Today, Faisal Gill, a local civil rights attorney, formally announced his campaign for Los Angeles City Attorney by releasing a video ad titled "Do Better". He begins the campaign with potent endorsements from powerhouse Congressmembers Karen Bass, Ro Khanna, and Ilhan Omar.
To view "Do Better", click on the screenshot below:
Gill launched his bid for LA City Attorney by releasing the following statement:
“Los Angeles, at its best, is a city of opportunity, a place that shines brightest when every community can thrive. Our city government has long aspired to deliver on that vision - but we cannot get there unless all Angelenos feel protected under the law. That’s why I am running for Los Angeles City Attorney to bring real accountability to the LAPD, push for progressive and pragmatic reforms, take on corruption wherever it exists, and restore trust to the office.
For decades, police have been putting forth the 'broken windows theory' - that visible signs of crime will encourage more crime. During the same time, police have not been held accountable for racial bias and excessive force, which has encouraged more incidents of racial bias and excessive force. Now is time to apply the broken windows theory to the police themselves. We must confront and address every police transgression so they don’t lead to a problematic police officer committing more heinous acts.
As City Attorney, I will set my sights on criminal justice reform first and foremost - starting with advocating for a charter change that abolishes the LAPD internal affairs group and hands increased investigative authority to the Office of the Inspector General. This will bring about real accountability to the LAPD, ensuring that all use of force complaints will be heard by a fair, independent body.
I am also committed to reducing the number of petty misdemeanors handed out by the city that hold working-class people back with little to no public safety value. Additionally, I am dedicated to ensuring that Los Angeles stops criminalizing and prosecuting people simply for being unhoused, as our city’s homelessness crisis cannot be remedied through the criminal justice system. And as City Attorney, I will not prosecute peaceful protestors, which absolutely does not serve justice or make our community safer.
As a civil rights attorney, I have frequently represented clients at no cost who have sought to take on police departments or other law enforcement agencies. I have seen firsthand the price our communities pay from the inaction or obstruction of our local leaders. We need a new direction in LA. We need leadership that will represent the people - not the police.
It is time for a more responsive, efficient and effective city government that better responds to the needs of everyday Angelenos. It is time for a City Attorney who will be the people’s lawyer. Join me, and together let’s bring accountability to the LA City Attorney’s office and ensure justice for all.”
In endorsing Faisal’s campaign for LA City Attorney, a number of prominent Congressmembers released the following statements:
“I am proud to endorse my friend Faisal Gill for Los Angeles City Attorney. I have known Faisal for over a decade, he will work hard for the people of Los Angeles, be a champion for criminal justice reform, and a fighter for progressive policies. The next city attorney will face many tough issues and I am confident that Faisal has the experience and compassion to meet these challenges head-on.”
-Congresswoman Karen Bass
“I am proud to support my friend Faisal Gill in his campaign for Los Angeles City Attorney. We need a City Attorney who will hold law enforcement accountable, end the criminalization of homelessness, and stop the misdemeanor machine. I know Faisal will be committed to supporting and implementing progressive policies that help every day Los Angelenos. He is the right choice for the next City Attorney of Los Angeles.”
-Congressman Ro Khanna
"Today, I am proud to endorse Faisal Gill for Los Angeles City Attorney. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s race is crucial to our criminal justice reform efforts. Faisal Gill is a bold and progressive voice for those efforts, justice, and accountability. As an immigrant and civil rights attorney, Faisal will bring accountability, transparency, and change to the City Attorney’s office. Faisal will be committed on day one to serving the people - not the police - and fighting for meaningful changes to the city’s legal practices.”
-Congresswoman Ilhan Omar
Faisal Gill is an immigrant, civil rights attorney, husband, and father who lives in Los Angeles, California. As a civil rights attorney, Faisal has taken on clients who faced discrimination from the federal government, state governments, immigration enforcement, and police departments.
Throughout his career as an attorney, Faisal has been determined to help those who face discrimination from our government, within our immigration systems, and from their employers. He hopes to bring his perspective as an immigrant and civil rights attorney to the office of LA City Attorney and restore trust and transparency in local government.