LA mayoral candidate calls police ‘watchdog’ of White supremacy amid surging crime, homelessness
BLM candidate Gina Viola, running for LA mayor, claims ‘vote for Rick Caruso is a vote for White supremacy’
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A candidate running for mayor of Los Angeles described police and other law enforcement as the “watchdog” of White supremacy in a recent interview ahead of June’s primary election.
Gina Viola, an activist, self-described “abolitionist” and a member of “White People 4 Black Lives,” registered at the last minute to run among a crowded pool of mayoral candidates in the June 7 primary, vying to replace Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti, who cannot seek re-election due to term limits.
Unlike the so-far front-runners on the ballot, Rick Caruso and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., who have both advocated to add more police officers to the force to address rising crime in Los Angeles, the left-leaning Viola, with support from several Black Lives Matter leaders, is pledging to eliminate the Los Angeles Police Department over time and redirect the funding toward more social services.
L.A. mayoral candidate Gina Viola speaks on homelessness at KCRW studios on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Santa Monica, California. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
“I’m sorry, a vote for Rick Caruso is a vote for White supremacy,” Viola told the Los Angeles Times in a recent interview published Monda