Written with contribution from Sheriff David Clarke
Back in December, we covered the then-incoming Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón who, upon being sworn into office, promptly did away with cash bail.
Yes, he’s one of those—backed by Soros and one of several far-left progressive DAs around the nation advocating for a dangerous brand of “justice” reform that in many cases deprives victims of their due justice while letting criminals off with a slap on the wrist, at best.
Now, a victims’ rights group has launched an effort to have Gascón recalled for forsaking genuine reform and favoring a radical agenda that leaves Los Angeleans at risk.
Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported, those backing the recall effort held a vigil for victims in downtown L.A. and obtained the 20 signatures needed to declare their intent for a recall election.
“The moment he was sworn in as district attorney, George Gascón instituted a series of directives to the prosecutors in his command that have nothing to do with a progressive approach to prosecution and have everything to do with a radical agenda that ignores victims, disregards the law and endangers the lives and livelihoods of all Angelenos,” the group argued.
The recall petition must be signed by ten percent of LA county voters, roughly 580K people, to force a recall election. That’s a lot—but a Facebook group created to support the recall effort already boasts 40,000 members, so clearly the enthusiasm is strong.
Recall supporters have 160 days to obtain the signatures, which would break down to over 3,600 signatures a day, so they’d better be ready to roll their sleeves up.
If successful, however, the recall would most likely not make it on to the ballot until 2022.
The Post Millennial highlighted a few examples of Gascón’s anti-victim criminal justice reform:
One accused criminal, Trenton Lovell, is currently facing charges stemming from a 2016 incident in which he was accused of executing LA County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Owen. After Gascón’s election, Owen’s wife was called to be informed that prosecutors were no longer seeking the death penalty for Lovell.
“As soon as I heard that, I said absolutely not. This will not happen on my watch,” she said.
Gascón dismissed the woman’s concerns, stating that “[the] pain and trauma of losing a loved one is immeasurable and I recognize and respect that some victims want me to impose the maximum punishment in their case. Our system of justice can’t continue to rely on policies that create more victims tomorrow simply because some victims want the maximum punishment imposed in their case today.”
He further claimed that research shows harsh criminal sentencing causes higher rates of criminal recidivism. He did not mention which research he was citing.
In another incident, Carlos Morales-Ramirez was convicted of “second-degree murder, assault on a child causing death, and great bodily injury to a child causing death.” Authorities refused to work with ICE despite the fact that Morales-Ramirez had entered the country illegally, and the convicted child-killer was released back onto the streets of Los Angeles.
Residents of California needed to be reminded that they originally elected him and other radical officials to office. Elections have consequences.