Former San Francisco DA taking on L.A. DA in battle over criminal justice reform

George Gascon says Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey favors discredited tough–on-crime policies.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s race is shaping up as the highest-profile 2020 local election in the nation with a criminal justice reform crusader resigning as San Francisco’s DA so he can run against the Los Angeles DA who has been a much more conventional prosecutor in her seven years on the job.

George Gascon, a former L.A. beat cop and assistant police chief, has relocated to Los Angeles in anticipation of the March primary. Gascon has supported reforms that have reduced penalties for many crimes and made it easier for prisoners to win parole and convicts to expunge their records. He is expected to get millions from George Soros, the billionaire progressive who has backed reformers in DA races in San Diego, Queens and Pittsburgh in recent years, winning in only the latter city.

Jackie Lacey, a former L.A. beat cop, has supported some reforms, such as the recent decision to throw out tickets given to poor homeless people that essentially make them go to jail when they seek government help. She has the backing of police unions and virtually the entire California Democratic establishment – including San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

But Lacey has repeatedly upset some minority leaders and civil rights activists by declining to ever seek criminal charges when law enforcement officers are credibly accused of abusive behavior.

A 2015 case in which an officer fatally shot an unarmed African-American homeless man in the back in Venice continues to anger activists and baffle even some in law enforcement. Surveillance video showed Officer Leonard Proctor, who is also black, had lied about victim Brendon Glenn reaching for his partner’s gun.

Lacey rejected police chief’s call to charge own officer

The details of the case were so egregious that then-Police Chief Charlie Beck urged that Proctor face manslaughter charges – the first time he had ever called for the DA to prosecute anyone at LAPD. But no charges of any kind were brought by Lacey, who in 2018 said she didn’t believe she had a provable case against Proctor.

But as Breed’s endorsement of Lacey suggests, Gascon remains a controversial figure in San Francisco. A front-page story in the Oct. 31 Chronicle looked at how a progressive prosecutor could make so many enemies in such a progressive city. The newspaper noted that he had faced criticism from both sides of the police conduct debate – bashed by police unions when he investigated police shootings, but also bashed by activists for failing to prosecute officers for some high-profile fatal shootings.

And Breed was only one of many San Franciscans who believed that Gascon’s tolerant policies toward street crime had both fueled homelessness and led to San Francisco becoming the large city with highest property-crime rate in the U.S. The Chronicle has reported that there are arrests in only 2 percent or less of car break-ins.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has also endorsed Lacey. In a statement, Herrera described Lacey as “the only candidate for L.A. County District Attorney who has the background, proven track record, and vision needed to continue creating positive change.”

Gascon is not the only DA candidate challenging Lacey from the left. Prosecutors Richard Ceballos and Joseph Iniguez are also running. Ceballos has hired the same political consultant who helped the poorly funded campaign of Sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueva stun incumbent Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell in November 2018.

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    edryan221 25 December, 2019, 17:17

    The candidates for the Democratic Nomination to be President, especially those who lead, Like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren need to do the right thing as the California presidential Primary approaches They need to learn about the LAPD Crime buster vigilante Scandal and reject the corrupt efforts of California Attorney General Becerra and Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti to stay totally silent and squash all crime buster vigilante investigation. Why? To protect LAPD Command officers who were members of the LAPD crime buster Vigilante Facebook group used to coordinate acts of terror and crimes of violence onto Los Angeles homeless population. It’s worse than President Trump’s corruption leading to Trumps impeachment because multiple homeless victims may be dead by induced suicide and outright violence, and even poisoning LAPD Crime buster Vigilantes have blood on their hands. Thus, no investigation by Becerra. California Attorney General Becerra is a corrupt Attorney General that will not do his job and investigate LAPD supported vigilante crime onto Los Angeles homeless. He is not be a good Progressive democrat like Congressman Shift or Nancy Pelosi. Becerra is two faced and lie to the public by refusing to investigate LAPD crime buster vigilante complaints. The LAPD calls most of the LA political shots and will do dirty, ugly criminal things to keep their power. They are racist and use Vigilantes on a homeless population that is 45 percent Black. The “Black Lives Matter” movement should be concerned about LAPD supported vigilante violence onto LA homeless. Attorney General Becerra empowers LAPD racism by giving them a free pass on the crime buster vigilante scandal. By Law the California Attorney General is required to gather California Hate Crimes Data. In California, he is allegedly a leading democratic leader who is to assists California State Assembly and Governor Newsom so that California becomes the eighth State to protected homeless from hate crime attack as a class. Instead Attorney General Becerra protects the vigilantes who do horrible hate crimes onto homeless. It happened like this: On August 1, 2018, a coalition of homeless advocacy organizations consisting of Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), co-signed a complaint letter to the California Attorney General detailing vigilante activities. The evidence supporting the Complaint are the 43 Facebook postings that show LAPD and San Fernando valley residents targeting homeless victims for violent crimes. LA City Attorney is involved in crime buster vigilante corruption The los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer allows the Topanga Neighborhood Prosecutor to conspires and do crime onto homeless. The Los Angeles DA and Los Angeles City attorney are corrupting the LA courts using them to jail homeless victims who fight back against the vigilantes. Los Mayor Garcetti also protects the LAPD by refusing to publicly expose vigilantes who do anti-homeless psychological terror torture by constantly stalking homeless victims until they snapped and commit suicide. Their Facebook dialog proves LAPD vigilante “Community Stalking” is done by the LAPD crime buster vigilantes. The desired result of vigilantes who terrorize homeless via constant “terror Stalking” is suicide or incarceration of the targeted homeless victim.

    The candidates for the Democratic Nomination to be President, especially those who lead, Like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren need to do the right thing as the California presidential Primary approaches They need to learn about the LAPD Crime buster vigilante Scandal and reject the corrupt efforts of California Attorney General Becerra and Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti to stay totally silent and squash all crime buster vigilante investigation. Why? To protect LAPD Command officers who were members of the LAPD crime buster Vigilante Facebook group used to coordinate acts of terror and crimes of violence onto Los Angeles homeless population. It’s worse than President Trump’s corruption leading to Trumps impeachment because multiple homeless victims may be dead by induced suicide and outright violence, and even poisoning LAPD Crime buster Vigilantes have blood on their hands. Thus, no investigation by Becerra. California Attorney General Becerra is a corrupt Attorney General that will not do his job and investigate LAPD supported vigilante crime onto Los Angeles homeless. He is not be a good Progressive democrat like Congressman Shift or Nancy Pelosi. Becerra is two faced an lie to the public by refusing to investigate LAPD crime buster vigilante complaints. The LAPD calls most of the LA political shots and will do dirty, ugly criminal things to keep their power. They are racist and use Vigilantes on a homeless population that is 45 percent Black. The “Black Lives Batter” movement should be concerned about LAPD supported vigilante violence onto LA homeless. Attorney General Becerra empowers LAPD racism by giving them a free pass on the crime buster vigilante scandal. By Law the California Attorney General is required to gather California Hate Crimes Data. In California, he is allegedly a leading democratic leader who is to assists California State Assembly and Governor Newsom so that California becomes the eighth State to protected homeless from hate crime attack as a class. Instead Attorney General Becerra protects the vigilantes who do horrible hate crimes onto homeless. It happened like this: On August 1, 2018, a coalition of homeless advocacy organizations consisting of Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), co-signed a complaint letter to the California Attorney General detailing vigilante activities. The evidence supporting the Complaint are the 43 Facebook postings that show LAPD and San Fernando valley residents targeting homeless victims for violent crimes. LA City Attorney is involved in crime buster vigilante corruption The los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer allows the Topanga Neighborhood Prosecutor to conspires and do crime onto homeless. The Los Angeles DA and Los Angeles City attorney are corrupting the LA courts using them to jail homeless victims who fight back against the vigilantes. Los Mayor Garcetti also protects the LAPD by refusing to publicly expose vigilantes who do anti-homeless psychological terror torture by constantly stalking homeless victims until they snapped and commit suicide. Their Facebook dialog proves LAPD vigilante “Community Stalking” is done by the LAPD crime buster vigilantes. The desired result of vigilantes who terrorize homeless via constant “terror Stalking” is suicide or incarceration of the targeted homeless victim.

    The candidates for the Democratic Nomination to be President, especially those who lead, Like Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders Elizabeth Warren need to do the right thing as the California presidential Primary approaches They need to learn about the LAPD Crime buster vigilante Scandal and reject the corrupt efforts of California Attorney General Becerra and Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti to stay totally silent and squash all crime buster vigilante investigation. Why? To protect LAPD Command officers who were members of the LAPD crime buster Vigilante Facebook group used to coordinate acts of terror and crimes of violence onto Los Angeles homeless population. It’s worse than President Trump’s corruption leading to Trumps impeachment because multiple homeless victims may be dead by induced suicide and outright violence, and even poisoning LAPD Crime buster Vigilantes have blood on their hands. Thus, no investigation by Becerra. California Attorney General Becerra is a corrupt Attorney General that will not do his job and investigate LAPD supported vigilante crime onto Los Angeles homeless. He is not be a good Progressive democrat like Congressman Shift or Nancy Pelosi. Becerra is two faced an lie to the public by refusing to investigate LAPD crime buster vigilante complaints. The LAPD calls most of the LA political shots and will do dirty, ugly criminal things to keep their power. They are racist and use Vigilantes on a homeless population that is 45 percent Black. The “Black Lives Batter” movement should be concerned about LAPD supported vigilante violence onto LA homeless. Attorney General Becerra empowers LAPD racism by giving them a free pass on the crime buster vigilante scandal. By Law the California Attorney General is required to gather California Hate Crimes Data. In California, he is allegedly a leading democratic leader who is to assists California State Assembly and Governor Newsom so that California becomes the eighth State to protected homeless from hate crime attack as a class. Instead Attorney General Becerra protects the vigilantes who do horrible hate crimes onto homeless. It happened like this: On August 1, 2018, a coalition of homeless advocacy organizations consisting of Los Angeles Community Action Network (LACAN), National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, and Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), co-signed a complaint letter to the California Attorney General detailing vigilante activities. The evidence supporting the Complaint are the 43 Facebook postings that show LAPD and San Fernando valley residents targeting homeless victims for violent crimes. LA City Attorney is involved in crime buster vigilante corruption The los Angeles City Attorney, Mike Feuer allows the Topanga Neighborhood Prosecutor to conspires and do crime onto homeless. The Los Angeles DA and Los Angeles City attorney are corrupting the LA courts using them to jail homeless victims who fight back against the vigilantes. Los Mayor Garcetti also protects the LAPD by refusing to publicly expose vigilantes who do anti-homeless psychological terror torture by constantly stalking homeless victims until they snapped and commit suicide. Their Facebook dialog proves LAPD vigilante “Community Stalking” is done by the LAPD crime buster vigilantes. The desired result of vigilantes who terrorize homeless via constant “terror Stalking” is suicide or incarceration of the targeted homeless victim.
    “A very large share of people who are now homeless in California have been displaced from their homes when these real estate investment venture capitalists come in, buy up entire neighborhoods of relatively affordable homes and apartments and then build mega complexes of higher end and luxury homes. What is supposed to happen to these people who have service jobs paying minimum or less wages when their homes are demolished? The phrase “affordable housing “when uttered by most politicians in the context of this new era of redevelopment is a cruel and harmful, not to mention dangerous, joke. The ginormous bureaucracy and yes, the legislature itself, is in service of these vulture venture capitalist corporations and themselves. Look at any of the bureaucracies in the state, whether consumer affairs, public utilities, water boards, department of injustice – any of them – and point to one in service of citizens. Democrats or Republicans- makes zero difference.. Las Vegas, Nevada Homeless man killed at his sleeping site May 11th: Ronald Gray, a 62-year-old homeless man was resting in an alley when he was stabbed to death by a man between the ages of 20 and25. Police were called to the site by a witness, but Gray was then pronounced dead upon arrival to the nearest hospital. The witness reported that the attacker had fled on a silver BMX bike. No arrests have been made. Homeless

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