Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon has been criticized for his liberal approach to crime.
He came to power with promises of sweeping criminal justice reforms that critics say put the interests of criminals ahead of community safety.
There have been numerous instances where his “soft on crime” approach has led to dire consequences for victims.
Brianna Kupfer, 24, was murdered in January at a Los Angeles furniture store where she worked. His alleged killer, 31-year-old Shawn Laval Smith, was found in Pasadena, a day after the Los Angeles Police Department named him the prime suspect in the random, unprovoked murder.
Smith – who has a rap sheet spanning two ribs – was out on bail when he allegedly stabbed Kupfer to death.
A week before the murder, Smith was arrested and charged with violent crimes in at least three states.
At the time of Kupfer’s murder, he was free on $50,000 bond after allegedly shooting a gun at an occupied vehicle in Charleston, South Carolina, in November 2019.
Jonathan Hatami, a former Los Angeles County prosecutor who openly criticized Gascon and even sued him for retaliation last year, spoke out against his boss in the wake of Kupfer’s murder,
He argued that his progressive policies are failing in the community and that he deserves to be shunned, along with other “woke” DAs in cities with rising crime rates.
“So now you have a large group of people who are not in custody, who are committing robberies, who are drug addicts … who are not being held accountable for their actions,” he said. “And now they’re preying on innocent people.”
The city has also suffered a shocking wave of home robberies and organized attacks on retailers.
Brianna Kupfer, 24, was stabbed to death in a random attack while working alone at a luxury furniture store in Los Angeles in January. Shawn Laval Smith, 31, was out on bail at the time of the alleged attack
In another incident highlighting Gascon’s “soft” policies, transgender pedophile Hannah Tubbs in February was caught bragging about her light sentence in a juvenile facility.
Tubbs was sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a restaurant bathroom.
After the chief prosecutor became aware of troubling comments Tubbs made in jail — including that she wouldn’t have to register as a sex offender and that ‘nothing’ would be done to punish her — Gascon said that he was rethinking his approach.
“It’s a shame that she played with the system,” Gascon told the Los Angeles Times. “If I had to do it all over again, she would be prosecuted in adult court.”
His critics, however, say his apparent remorse is just a public stunt as recall efforts against him mount.
Tubbs was 17 when she committed the assault.
Tubbs also made rude and derogatory comments about the child she abused.
Prior to her sentencing, prosecutors had pushed for her to remain in a Los Angeles County jail and be tried as an adult, but Gascon refused to file a motion to have the case removed from juvenile court, where she was filed due to Tubbs’ age. at the time of the offence.
The recording said Tubbs also made rude and derogatory comments about the child she abused, jokingly speaking about her sexual attraction to the 10-year-old.
The DA admitted that Tubbs may have been given too lenient a sentence after refusing to prosecute her as an adult for the crime she committed as a minor.
Gascon’s critics said he knew about the recordings long before they were made public and didn’t take them seriously until they started to make him look bad.
The convict, now called Hannah Tubbs, was 17 when she committed the crime. While serving time in a juvenile detention center, she bragged about not having to register as a sex offender
In another case, Gascon is seeking to commute the death sentence of a career criminal who kidnapped, robbed and shot dead a father of three in 1992.
Scott Collins, 21, kidnapped and killed Rose in 1992. Collins (pictured in 2007) used Rose’s debit card to withdraw $200, shot her in the head and dumped her body in North Hollywood, where he was later found by a jogger.
Scott Forrest Collins, now 51, kidnapped Fred Rose, 41, and held him at gunpoint as he left his office in Palmdale for a lunch break three decades ago .
Collins used Rose’s debit card to withdraw $200, shot her in the head, and dumped her body in North Hollywood, where it was later found by a jogger.
Rose died a day later in a hospital, and Collins went on to use Rose’s car to participate in a gang-related shootout before crashing and being arrested and charged with murder.
Now Gascon, a staunch opponent of the death penalty, who is also facing a second recall attempt from opponents who have criticized his soft on crime approach, is seeking to reduce Collins’ death sentence to life. without the possibility of parole. .
Rose’s family say they were caught off guard by Gascon’s push and accused the embattled prosecutor of “fighting for the murderer”.
Gascon’s office argues that Collins’ good behavior, the absence of ‘serious rule violations in over 20 years’ and the fact that his crime resulted in only one ‘victim’ should give him the opportunity to avoid the death penalty.
Last month, Gascon backtracked on some of his most controversial policies, including not prosecuting life sentences without the possibility of parole and not prosecuting minors charged with serious offenses as adults.
Gascon’s sudden change of heart comes as he faces a second recall effort staged by his detractors, who argue his wide-eyed policies are to blame for LA’s rising crime rate.
Fred Rose, 41, was robbed and killed in 1992. Now his killer could have his death sentence commuted. Above, Rose with his wife and children, Julian, Amy and Heather