An envelope containing an unknown white powder and hate symbols was mailed to one of the recall campaign offices of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, a spokesman for the group confirmed.
Tim Lineberger, a spokesman for Recall Gascon, said the envelope was sent to the office in one of Thursday’s return petition envelopes, leading to staff evacuations.
Inside it was a white powdery substance from which curses and swastikas were derived, Lineberger told The Post.
According to Lineberger, the LAPD was immediately called in and responded with their chemical protection units and bomb squads.
LAPD spokesman Matthew Cruz said the agency received a call around 4:00 p.m. reporting “an unknown powder.”
Tim Rosales, spokesperson for Recall Gascon, tweeted a photo of the envelope with white powder spread out on the table.
“White powder and hate speech symbols have just been found in one of our #RecallDAGeorgeGascon petition envelopes to return,” Rosales said. “The authorities have been notified and we are making sure our wonderful volunteers are doing well. There are some bad/sick people out there.”
According to Lineberger, there were seven volunteers and employees in the office when the envelope was opened.
“It’s all right,” Lineberger said. “This is a very important moment (in the recall campaign) and we are losing hours, but of course our first and foremost concern is for our staff and volunteers.”
Lineberger said the office had received hate mail before, but had never received any powder or racist remarks until today. People in the office were ordered to leave while officers in hazmat suits inspected the substance, he said.
No injuries have been reported yet.
Efforts to recall Gascon have gained momentum in recent weeks as anger mounts over his crime-soft policy. He recently got hot for making a plea deal on gun charges with a man in 2021 that only resulted in probation. Earlier this month, this man, William Flores, shot and killed two El Monte police officers.
To be on the ballot, a total of 566,857 signatures—10 percent of the total registered voters in Los Angeles County—must be submitted to the Los Angeles County Registrar/County Clerk’s Office by July 6.
Petitions must be mailed in by Friday or returned to the Recall Gascon office by June 30, the campaign’s website says.