LA DA Gascón reverses course on progressive directives amid crime wave, public blowback

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Embattled Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón is backpedaling on a number of hardline progressive directives he issued upon taking office in late 2020, according to a series of memos he sent to his office Friday regarding how to handle serious crimes.

In five documents, two addressed to deputy district attorneys and the other three addressed to his entire office, Gascón conceded that he’d come to accept his policies were too rigid “after listening to the community, victims and colleagues.”

Soon after taking office, he had banned deputy DAs from seeking the death penalty, life without parole, enhanced charges for particularly heinous crimes and trying juveniles in adult court in grievous cases.


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