Gascon: No More Misdemeanors
December 10, 2020
By Samuel Alioto
LA's new DA will not prosecute women for prostitution. Nor will he imprison people for trespassing, disturbing the peace, driving without a license, or loitering.
These are laws which historically are used to discriminate against black and brown people in white areas, says Gascon. He came to office with a mandate to change all that.
This is completely in keeping with what Candidate George Gascon said he would do if elected Los Angeles County District Attorney. "Elections have consequences," as former President Barrack Obama said in 2018.
In a new policy directive entitled "Declination Policy Directive," Gascon has directed his subordinates not to enforce Penal Code Section 602 (trespass), Penal Code Section 415 (Disturbing the Peace), or Driving without a Valid License (Cal. Vehicle Code Section 12500).
Social justice warriors believe these are all statutes the white aristocracy uses to subjugate members of minority communities, institutionalizing racism. Resisting Arrest will also no longer be prosecuted.
Gascon will end the practice of charging minors as adults for murder and other serious crimes. He will extend victims services to the families of anyone shot by police. He will eliminate gang enhancements in criminal complaints, a practice Republicans initiated in the 1990s. He will have no cash bail, and the death penalty will no longer "be on the table."
Gascon, a George Soros protege, instituted the same policies as San Francisco DA, beginning in 2012.