LA DA Gascón drops death penalty for man charged with killing police officer
Officer Keith Boyer was killed in 2017; Michael Christopher Mejia is awaiting trial

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón goes against prosecutors and will not seek the death penalty for an admitted gang member charged in officer killing; Officer Boyer’s step-father Don Clark joins ‘Fox and Friends Weekend.’

Los Angeles District Attorney (DA) George Gascón said Friday he will not seek the death penalty for an admitted gang member who killedpolice officer and his own cousin.

Michael Christopher Mejia, 30, is awaiting trial on charges stemming from Feb. 20, 2017.

One of Mejia’s victims was officer Keith Boyer, 53, who was responding to a report of a traffic collision in which Mejia had been involved.

Michael Christopher Mejia

Mejia shot Boyer and another officer, Patrick Hazell, while trying to flee the scene of the crash. Hazell survived a shot to the abdomen.

Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron said during a hearing at Norwalk Courthouse that he had been ordered to remove the death penalty consideration, despite his own objection and that of Deputy DA Geoff Lewis, FOX LA reported.

Don Clark, Boyer’s stepfather, said that the reversal was “a punch in the gut.”

“People don’t realize how hard it is on the families,” a tearful Clark told “Fox & Friends” host Jedediah Bila on Saturday.

“What Gascón’s doing — not only to our family, but to the cousin’s family — but to so many other families … that’s absolutely horrendous,” Clark added.

Clark found it difficult to hear Mejia say that he’s “proud” of what he did and that he should have “smoked” the other cop sooner.