Los Angeles County’s sheriff is warning for dire consequences from a new, “reformist” district attorney who will give criminals free rein to take over California’s biggest urban area, DailyMail.com is reporting.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he has spoken only once to DA George Gascón, who won his seat in the fall on an agenda that Villanueva says coddles criminals and re-victimizes their victims.
Villanueva says he is increasingly worried whether Gascón will actually prosecute violent protesters as the city braces for possible unrest after the police-involved deaths of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis, 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago and the soon-to-come verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer involved in George Floyd’s death.
“If there is a lack of prosecutorial fist, that might actually embolden some of our antifa, anarchist crowd, the radical elements, to try to hijack peaceful protest for their own personal gain or agendas,” Villanueva warned in a spot on Fox 11 LA in which he said also revealed he’s had only one phone call with Gascón since he took office.
Gascón, a lawyer and former police officer, served as the DA of San Francisco from 2011 to 2019, as an assistant chief of police for the LAPD from 2003 to 2006, as chief of police in Mesa, Ariz. from 2006 to 2009 and as the top cop in San Francisco from 2009 to 2011. He was elected district attorney for L.A. this past fall, taking office in December against a backdrop of widespread protests against police after several cop-involved shootings over the past year that were turned into executions by anti-police, pro-crime media.
When he took office, Gascón declared that “Those in the profession of holding people accountable cannot themselves escape accountability.” He pledged to do away with cash bail and capital punishments and promised to stop charging juveniles as adults and prosecuting most nonviolent misdemeanors.
He also vowed to review any criminal sentences in which time was added for alleged gang affiliation or the use of a gun in the commission of a crime.