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LOS ANGELES (ChurchMilitant.com) - Los Angeles County's newly elected district attorney, a Soros-funded leftist, is green-lighting lawlessness.
The same day he was sworn into office, George Gascón announced on Monday, "Today, we will usher in a new era of criminal justice and transform the largest criminal justice jurisdiction in America."
Gascón imposed his new directives, which include a list of misdemeanor charges he asserts "shall be declined or dismissed before arraignment and without conditions," and with almost no exceptions:
Former three-term L.A. County district attorney Steve Cooley tells Church Militant that Gascón unveiled his new directives at 12:02 p.m. yesterday — just two minutes after being sworn in — and that it's "nothing more than a George Soros wish list," referring to the leftist billionaire who funds Marxist and anti-Catholic political efforts across the world.
Cooley also notes that out of 43 L.A. county district attorneys in its 170-year history, "within two minutes of being sworn in, [Gascón] established clearly that he is the worst." He goes on to say that Gascón is a threat to public safety due to his tolerance of "left-wingers, agitators and communists."
Gascón's directives further promise to halt prosecution against drug and alcohol-related misdemeanors such as:
His so-called solution to reducing crime is to empower "agencies equipped with the social service tools necessary to address the underlying causes of offenses ... to prevent recidivism." He also calls out the death penalty as "racist and morally untenable."
Gascón spent most of his law enforcement career as a police officer and eventually was appointed chief of police for Mesa, California. He went to San Francisco where he became chief of police from 2009 to 2011. Without ever prosecuting a case, Gascón was then appointed as that city's district attorney by then-mayor Gavin Newsom to fill the vacancy left by Kamala Harris when she became the state attorney general. Harris gave her full support to the Gascón nomination.
Cooley commented further that Gascón will "turn Los Angeles into sort of a San Francisco on steroids in terms of being a poorly-run prosecutorial county that does not do its job."
Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the United States with over 10 million people under its jurisdiction. It's also the third-largest metropolitan economy in the world, with a GDP of more than $700 billion per year.
While crime was initially near an all-time low owing to Wuhan virus lockdowns, Marxist BLM riots and calls for defunding law enforcement have cranked up violence to a fever pitch, with homicide rates at the highest in a decade. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), for instance, reported a 250% increase of homicides during the week of May 31 – June 6 compared to the previous week.
Evidence shows that Soros personally backed Gascón in his campaign for L.A.'s district attorney. A report in September revealed that Soros in 2020 dumped over $3.6 million into California district attorney races, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sacramento and San Diego counties. But the same report noted that Soros spent nearly two-thirds of all this money on Gascón's race — nearly $2.5 million.
President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, Michele Hanisee commented on the impact of this last-minute funding by the leftist:
The infusion of dark money in these races, usually in the final months before a primary or general election, makes a huge impact. District attorney elections are typically minimally funded, local races. The last-minute spending by these [political action committees] leaves opposing candidates with scant time to raise a corresponding amount of cash to respond.
But California wasn't the only state where Soros money helped get district attorneys elected.
The Capital Research Center, reported in September that Soros "has spent more than $17 million on district attorney and other local races in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Virginia and Arizona, but also in large, predominantly left-of-center states such as California and New York."
Color meant little to the Marxist group Black Lives Matter as it supported Gascón's run against the county's first black DA, Jackie Lacey.
The Los Angeles police union waged a million-dollar campaign to oppose Gascón when he ran for DA, even going so far as to put out a 30-second TV ad, titled, "The Con is On."
President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League Craig Lally slammed Gascón, saying he's "trying to cast himself as a criminal justice reformer, when the facts are as San Francisco's District Attorney his office was heavily criticized for hiding evidence, trumping up charges on suspects and concocting crime stats to improve his personal appearance."
Cooley is confident, however, that Gascón won't be able to push his agenda very far.
"There are a lot of traditional public safety professionals in Los Angeles County, and they're not going to just go on merrily with his 'vision' of the future," he observed.
He also predicts that judges will push back. He noted they will "reject some of his policies as being illegal or unconstitutional."
Despite that, Cooley is asking people to pray for Los Angeles County, which he emphasized needs lots of prayers.