By Pamela Price
The conservative majority of the Supreme Court has spearheaded its assault on civil rights and all the reform and progress we have achieved over the past few decades. New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc., by Justice Clarence Thomas v. In a far-reaching 6-3 ruling on Bruin – the court gave a devastating blow to our fight to end gun violence in our communities. Judge Thomas’s decision undermines the law banning the presence of firearms in public places.
Our permit laws are now being challenged in California. Judge Thomas’s verdict creates a powder keg that will certainly increase gun violence. This will definitely increase the number of guns on the streets of Alameda County. As a candidate for the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense in my race for District Attorney, I proudly fight to end gun violence, even in the face of the Supreme Court expanding access to guns.
We build a DA office that has committed time and resources to easy access to illegal firearms and dialing the threat of firearms in public places.
This ruling is just one of many decisions this week that will change the landscape of justice and public safety across the country. In another 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement officers failed to provide Miranda rights before questioning us and could not sue them when they violated our constitutional rights. The Supreme Court has made it even more difficult to achieve police accountability in the civil system. As a result of this ruling, our civil rights checks and balances are disappearing before our eyes. This is a call to action for progressive sheriffs to hold law enforcement accountable in the criminal justice system.
With the highly anticipated ruling from the Supreme Court on a woman’s reproductive rights, we know that the defense of our defense in California must be led and strengthened by a DA who is firmly committed to its progressive values and ideals.
Make no mistake, elected officials and appointed judges like Clarence Thomas have a lasting impact on our rights and relationships. This November, voters in Alameda County will be given the option of district officials. We can choose a person who has no idea of how to protect our civil rights and has no roots or investment in our community. Or we can choose an experienced Civil Rights Attorney – someone who has been in the trenches in Alameda County for decades fighting for justice and creating change for the greater good.
Trust me – as we recall today – there is a clear difference between Clarence Thomas and Thurgood Marshall. I am a “Thurgood Marshall of Justice” for Alameda County
Pamela Price is a civil rights attorney and DA candidate in Alameda County