In December 2020, shortly after winning the election, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon issued nine pro-criminal directives.
Among the most controversial were the elimination of cash bail and sentence enhancements and an end to the prosecution of juveniles in the adult court system, regardless of the seriousness of the crime.
As a result of his actions as soon as he took over as DA, a recall campaign was launched in February of 2021, just two months after taking office.
The first recall stopped abruptly in September, 2021, shortly before the first deadline to turn in signatures, in an effort to re-structure amid an inner power struggle.
The second attempt launched in October 2021, was bolstered by a no-confidence vote from officials in 36 cities.
Were it not for the incompetency of the Registrar County Recorder’s office of which is going through the litigation process as we speak and the greed of the recall campaign organizers who financially benefitted from the campaign, the effort to remove Gascon from office would have been successful.
According to Mike Netter who helped spearhead the effort to recall Gavin Newsom, the largest volunteer effort in U.S. History, the money was there.
The group raised less than a third of both doomed Gascon recall efforts to get the 1.6 million signatures collected from 58 cities needed to get the Newsom recall to ballot.
And now, we are faced with another attempt by Gascon to keep over 10 million residents in LA County living in constant fear of being victimized by violent crime as he announced his bid for re-election Saturday.
To add salt to the wound, one of the primary focuses of his campaign is to “hold law enforcement accountable”.
There is no mention of reducing the astronomical crime that has devastated lives and businesses, forcing many to flee the county.
On October 6th, The Current Report released a telling video of Sheriff Robert Luna revealing the true foundation of a virtually unknown-to-the-public relationship between the leader of the largest Sheriff’s Department in the country and the pro-criminal DA who has wreaked complete havoc in Los Angeles County public safety since he took office almost three years ago.
The “mentorship” is not only proudly described by the newly-elected Sheriff, it is skillfully scripted into the branded video uploaded to the official District Attorney Tik Tok account which shows the two men hugging with “importance of mentorship” text flashing in the clip.
And now, we believe this relationship has significantly influenced Luna’s decision making over the last 10 months, causing a sharp decline in department morale, further jeopardizing the deputies who patrol the streets and the citizens they protect.
The Lancaster and Palmdale Use of Force incidents in July were the first examples of Luna’s new Board certified brand of “leadership”.
Prosecute first in the court of public opinion, investigate later.
Recently, morale dipped significantly further with the murder of deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer and Luna’s lack of compassion towards the troops at the Palmdale station, outlined in the latest “Just a Deputy” letter.
The emotional and physical toll experienced by deputies as a result of the on-going anti-law enforcement environment was further exacerbated by the Luna’s failure to speak out after Gascon announced he would not seek the death penalty for the murder of one of his own deputies.
His silence was not only proof of how he feels about the department he oversees and a career that has supported his family for decades, his neglect to inform the family of Gascon’s decision and allow them to be blindsided at a nationally publicized press conference is without question a reflection of his loyalty to the pro-criminal regime his mentor subscribes to.
A mindset that has no place managing 9,ooo sworn deputies with an over 150-year history to protect and serve.
The video also puts into perspective the intent of the Board of Supervisors and Robert Luna, who hid the relationship between Luna and Gascon from the majority of voters in an effort to de-stabilize the department and further diminish an already fragile public safety system.
Gascon’s new re-election campaign is very clear.
The focus is not the cleaning up of the chaos that has been by the created no-cash-bail-no-consequences-for-criminals environment destroying LA County, the focus is on holding the law enforcement officers accountable for arresting them.
And make no mistake, Sheriff Luna is going to help his “mentor” achieve that.