L.A DA: No Longer Prosecuting Misdemeanor Cases Is “Based On Science”

The new Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón claimed that his new decision not to prosecute trespassing, disturbing the peace, making criminal threats, drug possession, drinking in public, loitering to commit prostitution, and resisting arrest are all “based on science”.


Fox News:

As of Tuesday, many misdemeanor cases will be declined or dismissed prior to arraignment unless “factors for considerations” exist. The list of offenses includes trespassing, disturbing the peace, a minor in possession of alcohol, driving without a license, driving with a suspended license, making criminal threats, drug and paraphernalia possession, being under the influence of a controlled substance, public intoxication, loitering to commit prostitution and resisting arrest.

In addition, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty and those accused of misdemeanors and low-level felonies will be referred to community-based programs. 

For juveniles, those accused of misdemeanors will no longer be prosecuted.

It was blasted by The Los Angeles Police Protective League:

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, criticized the new policies Monday.

“As homicides, shooting victims and shots fired into occupied homes soar in Los Angeles, it’s disturbing that Gascon’s first act in office is to explore every avenue possible to release from jail those responsible for this bloodshed,” the union’s board of directors said in a statement Monday. “These victims and law-abiding residents lost a voice today while criminals and gang members gained an ally in the prosecutor’s office.”

It was also blasted by Former District Attorney Steve Cooley:

Among Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón’s staunchest opponents is former DA Steve Cooley, who led the office for three terms from 2000 to 2012.

“So basically I disagree with virtually everything he’s doing,” Cooley told ABC7.

Gascón was sworn in Monday and announced many sweeping, progressive reforms he campaigned on: from aiming to end money bail altogether, to no longer seeking sentence enhancements of any kind, including three strikes and gang enhancements. During his swearing in ceremony, Gascón said enhancements are directly tied to mass incarceration.

“Anyone who can read, can read the three strikes law and then uphold it,” Cooley said. “He’s throwing gang enhancements out the window. So, he’s really giving a green light to gang members in Los Angeles County.”

Once again law-abiding, tax-paying Americans get shafted.

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