The Los Angeles Times reported that Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón “fundamentally change the way the largest prosecutor’s office in the nation handles gang crime.” By reducing a top-notch prosecution team from 40 to 26 prosecutors, Gascón is seriously jeopardizing the safety of the citizens. Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff), former Chair of the Board of Prison Terms, condemns Gascón's decision in the following statement:
“George Gascón is offering a delusional policy that will empower and accelerate hardcore gang activity, which has long been rampant in Los Angeles.
“This only demonstrates his lack of knowledge of gangs and their ring of heinous crimes. His ill-conceived policies shows callous ignorance and complete disregard for the harm gangs inflict on private citizens, families and communities.
“Gangs are in the business of hurting people. They engage in human trafficking, lethal drug sales, and all too often kill their victims.
“This is happening at a time when reports of vast new incursions of new foreign gang members are pouring in through our newly open borders by all means of transportation.
“Weakening the prosecution team means only one thing – he plans to have no consequences for gang members.
“With the increase in crime, he is declaring open season for gangs to inflict their harm on the citizens of Los Angeles and the rest of the state.”