New DA Diana Becton to take part in Richmond town hall

New DA Diana Becton to take part in Richmond town hall

Newly appointed Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton will take part in a Richmond town hall meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

The meeting, presented by Operation Ceasefire Richmond and the Safe Return Project, will take place at 6 p.m. at Living Hope Neighborhood Church, 2800 Rheem Ave.

Come and share in a dialog about our Judicial System beyond 2018,” said Donnell R. Jones, coordinator for Operation Ceasefire Richmond.

In September, Becton, a recently retired judge, was selected by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to replace Mark Peterson, who resigned in June following a months-long scandal over the misuse of campaign funds. He ended up pleading no contest to a perjury charge.

Becton is the county’s first African American DA and, according to this East Bay Times profile, “has voiced support for progressive causes like bail reform, restorative justice and programs like Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Campaign, which seeks to educate youths about interacting with law enforcement.”