George Gascón: Effort to recall Los Angeles DA fails to qualify for ballot


The effort needed 566,857 valid signatures to place Gascón’s work on the ballot, but nearly 47,000 signatures were missing, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County Clerk/County Clerk. The effort collected 520,050 valid signatures, while 195,783 were found to be invalid.

Gascón, the left-leaning Los Angeles County prosecutor who took office on a promise to build a « more humane » criminal justice system, has faced criticism from recall advocates who have claimed that his policies had failed to ensure public safety and order. The district attorney has pursued an agenda centered on reducing incarceration through measures such as a virtual ban on trying minors as adults, the rejection of « enhancements » that lengthen sentences, and a policy of no -prosecution of « quality of life » offenses associated with homelessness, such as trespassing and public urination.

“Now more than ever, we need a California Attorney General to step in to counter the policies of Gascon and other pro-criminal prosecutors who refuse to address the homelessness crisis that is crippling our cities and the soft approach on crime that puts everyone at risk, » Nathan Hochman, Republican candidate for California attorney general, said in a statement Monday.

Gascón’s campaign called the recall effort an « attempt at a political power grab, » saying in a statement Monday that it was happy to move forward but understood « there is still a lot of work to be done. » do. And we remain firmly committed to that work.”

« The DA’s primary goal is and always has been to protect us and create a fairer justice system for all. Today’s announcement does not change that, » the spokeswoman said. campaign, Elise Moore, in the release.

Gascón, the chief prosecutor of America’s most populous county, began his career as a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. He later served as chief of police in San Francisco and then district attorney for that city. Amid public outrage over the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, he was elected Los Angeles County DA at the end of this year on a platform of policing accountability and reform systemic.

Elsewhere in the state earlier this year, another progressive prosecutor worked to oust them.

Voters recalled San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin in California’s June 7 primary election, with 55% of voters choosing to remove him amid claims his progressive agenda was leading to unprecedented levels of crime. hindrance.

Boudin, who had a platform widely seen as parallel to that of Gascón, was narrowly elected in 2019, amid voter concerns about police misconduct, the criminal justice system and mass incarceration in the city. town. His victory was seen as a high point for the movement to elect more progressive prosecutors, but San Francisco residents signaled in June that his more lax approach to certain types of crimes was unacceptable.

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