Downey City Council voted “no-confidence” in Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon on Sept. 2, condemning Gasson’s policy and becoming the 1st city in Los Angeles County.
The no-confidence motion, passed in the No-1 vote, was brought to the fore by Mayor Claudia Frometa, who stressed that the Special Guidelines for the Reform of the Criminal Procedure Code (SDF) led by Gascon in 2020 raised the level of crime in Downey last year.
“Statistics presented by the Downey Police Department show that since the implementation of the SDs, the overall rate of rejection of Downey criminal cases by the District Attorney’s Office has increased from 1.3%% in 2020 to .50.5% in 2021. Allegations of drug abuse at a rate of .70. %%, ”Mayor wrote in the Frometta resolution.
“DA Gascon’s SD is undermining the criminal justice system’s goal of protecting the rights of the general public and victims.”
There were 86 drug offenses in 2021, and Gascon dismissed 78 cases, according to figures released by the Downey Police Department in August.
The percentage of rejection of disorderly conduct crimes has increased by about 20 percent. In addition, five cases of public intoxication have been dismissed on the instructions of the district attorney’s police.
The public safety report presented by the Downey Police Department at the council meeting indicates that the SD “will not be filed” case divisions include irregularities, prevention of arrest, effects of drugs, juvenile intoxication, public intoxication and criminal threats and so on.
Councilman Mario Trujillo voted to oppose the “no-confidence” motion against Gascon, and Councilman Catherine Alvarez abstained.
At the council meeting, Trujillo said he would continue to prioritize victims but “DA does not represent victims.”
“Each of us has been given the responsibility to represent those who come to the criminal justice system. Yes. Mr. Gascon, DA wants to consider the background of our defendants, something that we were not really trained to do. We don’t talk to defendants, we don’t meet defendants, we don’t represent defendants, but we are told to think more about who they are and where they come from, in order to try to reach a more equitable system. Trujillo said.
Gascón’s office did not comment until the time of publication.
As Gascon previously said, “Now is the time to change course and implement a system of justice that will improve our security and our humanity.”
“Today we are confronted with the lie that we are safe by somehow snatching away their entire community of freedom – and we are doing this with science, research and data. Those who have benefited from prisons for decades have used their enormous political influence – enclosed in a false veil of security – to intimidate the public and our elected officials into supporting racist policies that have further victimized, destroyed budgets and broken our moral compass. That lie and the damage it has caused is now over. ”
During public comment, Downey residents expressed their support for the “no-confidence” vote in Gascon. Anna Brown wrote an email to the council criticizing Gascon’s policy of “putting all citizens of LA County in grave danger”.
“We see that they have already been affected by the increase in killings[d] Other crimes, in addition, the lack of support for victims of crimes that disregard George Gascon’s law are irresponsible and dangerous for our community, “Brown wrote in an email.
Cities around Downey have voted “no-confidence” in Gascon, including Norwalk, Pico Rivera, La Mirada, Whitier and Cerritos.
The grassroots effort to remember Gascon collected 200,000 signatures by September; However, the withdrawal attempt has since rejected the application and reopened it with more established support.
Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva also expressed support for the withdrawal effort.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times