On Thursday, I sat down with Paul Graves, candidate for Contra Costa County District Attorney, who shared his background and thoughts on a variety of issues facing not only the county, but the state such as working with ICE, bail reform, illegal dumping and working to resolve homeless issues. He also discussed his stance on cop killers.

Here is an overview of the interview:

  • 00:28 – Paul Graves gives a brief introduction to who he is.
  • 01:15 – Graves explains things that can be improved in the District Attorney’s Office and how they should become more “victim centered”.
  • 02:20 – Graves highlights programs he has implemented during his time with the DA’s office and becoming more proactive with the community and reaching out to youths to change culture of the community.
  • 04:10 – On becoming a more proactive District Attorney’s Office
  • 04:45 – On working to help people become more comfortable in working with the District Attorney’s Office as a victim, defendant or witness. Starts with treating people like a human being.
  • 05:33 – Response to a statement on “cop killers” where one candidate said “its part of the risk they take” and shares his opinion on the death penalty.  He also response to the reverse, when cops shoot and kill a suspect (intentional or not), what is his stance?
  • 09:41 – Graves explains how he will better work with not only the media, but also the community.
  • 11:29 – Graves talks about ICE and handing over illegals, he shares his thoughts on what they can or cannot do with ICE.
  • 14:30 – Prop 47, Prop 57, AB 109 – should they all be repealed? Graves gives his thoughts.
  • 18:10 – Potential re-definition/Standard of use of force for offices? Graves says the law should not be changed because it impacts how police do their jobs.
  • 19:30 – Graves gives his thoughts on bail reform.
  • 24:50 – Educating people on the legal process.
  • 25:35 – Graves explains car/vehicle thefts and what can be done for repeat offenders.
  • 27:44 – What can be done about homelessness & illegal dumping? Graves highlights the need for services and mental wellness services. He says with illegal dumping, the DA’s office needs to take a tougher stance and being more proactive to catch people.

For more on District Attorney Candidate Paul Graves, visit him at https://paulgravesforda.com/

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