Read an L.A.-area gang member’s confession to police after the killing of a Whittier police officer
Michael Mejia, an admitted East Los Angeles gang member, mentioned one of California’s key justice reforms in his statement to homicide detectives explaining why he killed a Whittier police officer last year. In the statement, he complained that Assembly Bill 109 — known as AB109 — had resulted in authorities repeatedly trying to lock up gang members like him. The 2011 law, which is one of several key justice reforms passed recently in California, downsized the prison population and shifted the burden for housing and supervising thousands of inmates from the state to the counties.
Sources: Los Angeles County Superior Court