Friday, October 15, 2021

Downey becomes 31st city to issue ‘no-confidence’ vote in Gascon

Downey city council voted for “no-confidence” in Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon on September 28, becoming the 31st city in Los Angeles County to condemn Gascon’s policies.

The “no-confidence” motion, passed with a 3-1 vote, was brought forward by Mayor Claudia Frommetta, who insisted that the 2020 Special Directive on Criminal Prosecution Reform (SD) led by Gascone caused a massive increase in crime in Downey Over. is of. last year.

“Data presented by the Downey Police Department show that since the implementation of the SD, the overall rate of Downey criminal cases being dismissed for prosecution by the District Attorney’s Office has increased from 19.3% in 2020 to 40.5% in 2021. An increase of 90.7%. Registering a narcotics violation at the rate,” Mayor Frommata wrote in the resolution.

“DA Gascon’s SD is undermining the criminal justice system’s goal of protecting the rights of the general public and victims.”

According to figures released in August by the Downey Police Department, there were 86 drug offenses in 2021 and Gascon dismissed 78 cases.

The rejection percentage for offenses involving disorderly conduct increased by about 20 percent. In addition, 35 counts of drunkenness in public offenses were denied by the district attorney’s police directive.

The Public Safety Report presented by the Downey Police Department at the council meeting indicated that the SD “will not be filed” in the case categories of trespass, resisting arrest, under the influence of drugs, minor in possession of alcohol, public intoxication and criminal Threats included. And so on.

Councilman Mario Trujillo voted to oppose the “no-confidence” motion against Gascon, and Councilor Catherine lvarez did not participate.

At the council meeting, Trujillo said he would continue to prioritize victims but that “the DA does not represent victims.”

“We are tasked with representing everyone who comes into the criminal justice system. Yes. Mr. Gascon, DA wants us to consider the background of the defendants, which is something we were never really trained to do We don’t talk to defendants, we don’t meet with defendants, we don’t represent defendants, but we’re being asked to give more thought to who they are and where they come from , in order to try to reach a more equitable system, Trujillo said.

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Gascon’s office had not provided any comment at the time of publication.

Gascon had previously said, “It is time to change course and implement a system of justice that will enhance our security and humanity.”

“Today we are confronted with the lie that stripping entire communities of their liberties in some way has made us safer—and we are doing it with science, research, and data. People who have been imprisoned for decades. take advantage, they have used their vast political influence – covered in a false veil of security – to intimidate the public and our elected officials into supporting racist policies that have created more victims, eroded budgets, and our Shattered the moral compass. That lie and the damage it caused ends now.”

During the public comment period, Downey residents expressed their support for a vote of “no-confidence” at Gascon. Anna Brown wrote an email to the council criticizing Gascon’s policies for “putting all citizens in LA County in grave danger”.

“We’re seeing the effects they’re already having with an increase in homicides and[d] Other crimes, in addition, George Gascon’s disregard for the law, lack of support for crime victims is irresponsible and dangerous to our communities,” Brown wrote in the email.

Downey’s neighborhood cities, including Norwalk, Pico Riviera, La Mirada, Whittier and Cerritos, have issued votes of “no-confidence” at Gascon.

The grassroots effort to recall Gascon had collected 200,000 signatures by September; However, the recall effort has since quashed the petition and resumed with more established support.

Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva also expressed support for the recall effort.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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