A proud anti-law enforcement staff member of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office was promoted to Chief of Staff according to a promotion list released Friday, December 15th.
Tiffany Blacknell, who has served in the District Attorney’s office as a grade 4 prosecutor, special advisor, and chief of communications, is set to begin her new position on January 16th, 2024.
Blacknell gained notoriety for her anti-law enforcement social media posts during the 2020 riots in Los Angeles where she referred to LAPD officers as “barbarians” and an “occupying army” pushing the Defund the Police movement on X (formerly known as Twitter).
In another social media, post Blacknell wore a t-shirt with “The Police are trained to kill us”, emblazoned across her chest. Blacknell made public statements supporting the movement to abolish prisons: “Prison is obsolete. We need to reimagine America without it” she said.
In September, despite her well-known hatred for law enforcement, Blacknell attended the press conference representing the DA’s office where her boss George Gascon announced he would not be pursuing the death penalty for the murder of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer.
Shortly after the Clinkunbroomer murder, The Current Report exposed the mentorship between DA Gascon and Sheriff Robert Luna going back more than two decades, therefore illuminating the fact that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, unbeknownst to them, has been influenced by Gascon’s mentorship since the Sheriff took office.
“… Luna stood right next to the DA in solidarity. Unreal his line deputies even acknowledge him any longer” a member of law enforcement posted on X (formerly known as Twitter) watching the Clinkunbroomer press conference.
It is clear, based on Sheriff Luna’s actions over the last year, the former cop-turned-cop-hater George Gascon, is having a profound and damaging effect on the future of the department and public safety in LA County.
Joseph Iniguez, George Gascon’s current Chief of Staff who was arrested in 2021 for public intoxication has now been promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney.
Iniguez sued the arresting agency alleging his rights had been violated during or by the arrest, that he said, was made, “with evil motive and intent, in disregard of the rights of the Plaintiff.”
As part of his duties Iniguez oversees the DA’s Justice System Integrity Division, which is responsible for prosecuting police officers and maintaining the index of officers with histories of serious misconduct, according to the DA Office’s most recent official organization chart.
Published reports state Iniguez threatened to retaliate against the arresting officer using the authority of the District Attorney’s Office, by allegedly saying he would put the arresting officer’s name on the County’s so-called “Brady List” of dishonest cops.
In October, George Gascon announced his re-election stressing his commitment to “holding officers accountable” as a part of his campaign platform. However, there was no mention of Gascon’s plans to acknowledge and address, the astronomical crime that has devastated lives and businesses, forcing many to flee LA County.