LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, described as a “ultra-progressive” – faces a recall vote for his controversial “soft on crime” prosecution approach that has resulted in skyrocketing crime rates, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva in a recent interview.
Since Gascón was elected District Attorney in 2020, Los Angeles has seen a 34% increase in homicides, a 15.5% increase in violent crime, a 67% increase in shootings, and a 6.7% increase in crime against property; in contrast, arrests during the same time period are down nearly 25 percent, the LAPD reports.
Sheriff Villanueva noted that currently more than 400,000 Los Angeles County voters have signed a petition calling for Gascón to face recall in the upcoming November election.
566,857 signatures are required by July 6 for Gascon’s impeachment to occur, something Villanueva said will surely happen, as voters want “Right” the “error” of electing the super liberal district attorney that many feel they are defenders of criminals and not victims of crime.
“It looks like it’s going to happen. I think it’s a historic moment for this experiment with ultra-progressive district attorneys not doing their job,” he said. “I think the country has had enough of that. They just want basic law and order restored everywhere.”
Villanueva said that the “experiment” of soft politics with crime and “defund the police” The movement, which emerged in response to the 2020 death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, has been rejected by the vast majority of Americans, especially in crime-ridden cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.
“People want a sense of normality,” Villanueva said. “We can make many reforms… but it shouldn’t be a one or the other proposal. We can do both.