Why Was Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon Refusing to Charge an Armed Suspect That Threatened a School? (Guest: Michael Letts)
Law enforcement veteran Michael Letts sees yet another problematic reason that the controversial D.A. needs to go.
Currently, when suspects go and threaten schools with firearms, they need to be criminally charged. Unless, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon says otherwise.
A California suspect was recently arrested following his posting of threats towards a school on social media. Not only that, but he also had possession of a number of stolen guns. Still, despite all this, Gascon refused to file any sort of criminal charges.
“On March 21, 2023, the filing District Attorney at Downey Superior Court initially rejected the entire case, stating they needed additional information regarding the criminal threat,” a report by Bell Gardens police noted.
Following the absurd failure to press charges, the local police chief walked into Gascon’s office and demand charges be filed. As a result, he relented and filed three felony weapons charges against the suspect, including possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school, having a concealed firearm in a vehicle and carrying a loaded handgun.
This brings the effectiveness of Gascon as the D.A. of Los Angeles further into question. “George Gascon refuses to prosecute juveniles in possession of firearms,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami, explained to Fox News. “It’s dangerous and a failure of the system.”
With this latest piece of evidence, is it time for Gascon to step down from his position before more damage is done? Joining us now to discuss this further is Michael Letts, a law enforcement veteran with 30 years of experience. Letts is founder, president and CEO of InVest USA, an organization that provides police officers with bulletproof vests through a number of sponsorships and charitable groups. His expertise will certainly be welcome in this matter.Q&A:
Why do you think Gascon initially failed to press charges against this disturbed individual? Did he think it wasn’t a “big deal”, even in the face of growing “active shooter” events?
This isn’t the first time that Gascon has created trouble in Los Angeles for police officers. Why do you think he’s showing such disdain for police forces?
Do you think that police chief did the right thing going into Gascon’s office and demanding charges be filed? Would you have been angry if Gascon had fired him over that?
So what’s the next step when it comes to ousting Gascon from his office? Or can anything be done before his latest term ends?
Is this the latest example of government failing to give police officers the respect they deserve, especially in this day and age? Could the forthcoming Congress bill to “fund the police” turn the tide, so to speak?
You’re the creator of InVest USA, an organization that provides bulletproof vests to police officers through various charitable groups and sponsorships. Tell us more about that, and why support for fellow officers is so important right now.
Where can we learn more about InVest USA, and how those interested can help their fellow officers.
About Michael Letts:
Michael Letts is the Founder, President, and CEO of InVest USA, a national grassroots non-profit organization that is helping hundreds of communities provide thousands of bulletproof vests for their police forces through educational, public relations, sponsorship, and fundraising programs. He also has over 30 years of law enforcement experience under his belt, hence his pro-police stance for his brothers and sisters in blue. Those interested in learning more about Letts can visit his official website here.