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A Los Angeles prosecutor is blasting Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon after two police officers have been killed on Tuesday evening by a gang member who was on probation for a weapons cost after he acquired a lenient sentence by way of a plea deal.
Justin William Flores allegedly killed two El Monte, California police officers on Tuesday evening. He had a earlier strike conviction and in addition acquired two years of probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The sentence is aligned with the insurance policies of Gascon, who has been taken to court docket over his refusal to prosecute three-strike instances.
The Gascon coverage allowed Flores to plead no contest after which get a light-weight sentence handed down, regardless of a strike being on his legal report.
Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami mentioned on Twitter that Gascon is selling a tradition of “no accountability & no public security.”
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“George Gascón says he cares about gun violence. Actions converse louder than phrases! He refuses to completely cost & prosecute present gun instances. Felon in poss of a firearm with a previous strike-no jail, no accountability & no public security,” Hatami mentioned.
Hatami is a component of a motion to get Gascon recalled. The Recall George Gascon marketing campaign just lately introduced it has collected the mandatory quantity of signatures to place Gascon’s recall on the poll.
He additionally hit Gascon for supposedly not caring about “prior violent legal historical past.”
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Sources inside the district lawyer’s workplace instructed Fox News that Flores would have possible been handed a sentence of as much as three years in jail if he was prosecuted in February 2021.
Gascon’s workplace instructed Fox News that Flores did not have a “documented historical past of violence” when he was sentenced.
“The sentence he acquired in the firearm case was according to case resolutions for this kind of offense given his legal historical past and the character of the offense,” the assertion says. “At the time the court docket sentenced him, Mr. Flores didn’t have a documented historical past of violence.”
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The El Monte police officers, Cpl. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana, have been killed on Tuesday whereas responding to stories of a stabbing at a neighborhood motel. When approaching the suspect, a shootout passed off and each officers have been shot.
Officials mentioned that the officers later died in a Los Angeles hospital.
Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Bill Melugin contributed to this report