LA DA GASCON PLAYING THE DRAMA CARD AGAIN
LA DA GASCON RESIGNS FROM PROSECUTORS ASSOCIATION
EXCEPT HE IS NOT A MEMBER
GASCON SAYS HE HAS RESIGNED THE ASSOC SAYS HE DID YEARS AGO
Recently elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has resigned from the influential California District Attorneys Association, citing among other things the organization’s support for litigation opposing Gascón’s policies.
“CDAA continues to be a member organization solely for those willing to toe the ‘tough on crime’ line. For the rest of us, it is a place that fails to support us, our communities, or the pursuit of justice,” Gascón said in a statement, which was shared on Twitter by Matt Ferner, editor-in-chief of The Appeal.
HE PLAYED THE RACE CARD
Gascón blasted the CDAA over its lack of people of color on its 17-member board.
“This is the leadership that sets the direction for an organization of elected prosecutors, all of whom disproportionately prosecute communities of color at a time when the nation is facing a reckoning over systemic racism, and in a state with a plurality of minorities no less,” Gascón wrote.
Gascón criticized the organization’s opposition of criminal justice reforms, including Proposition 47, which California voters approved in 2014 and which re-classified several felony offenses as misdemeanors. Gascón was a co-author of that initiative.
“I had long hoped that CDAA would evolve and come to embrace commonsense criminal justice reforms backed by data, science and research that will make our communities safer and stronger. Instead, CDAA has dug its heels in, rejected science, and willingly turned a blind eye to a two-tiered criminal justice system that places communities of color and poor defendants at a clear disadvantage,” Gascón wrote.
Reached for response, CDAA President Vern Pierson said in an email, “Mr. Gascon cannot resign because he has not been a member of CDAA (October 2019) when he resigned from his position as the DA of San Francisco. On the ethnicity issue, that is pretty disingenuous, as he ran against the the first sitting Los Angeles District Attorney who was both a woman and African American. Incidentally, she was a CDAA board officer and in line to become president.”
DAWG SAYS: PRETTY DRAMATIC ACTIVITY TO GET A SOUND BYTE THE MR GASCON.
HOW DO THESE PEOPLE GET ELECTED?.