‘Heart for criminals’: grieving mother of shooting victim confronts DA George Gascón over lax crime policies

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The grieving mother of a Los Angeles shooter confronted progressive District Attorney George Gascón with tough questions last week, criticizing his soft-crime policies against him.

“My child was killed by a gang member, and you had more sympathy for that gang member than my child who was killed in front of my home,” Emma Rivas said at a district attorney’s debate on policies to increase crime in the state. -related to a gang last Thursday. .

“Can you explain to me? Because I’ve been looking for you for four years.”

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George Gascon

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon will attend a news conference Monday to address the allegation that hotels are using labor groups to hire homeless migrants as replacement workers for strikers at the Le Meridien Defina hotel in Santa Monica on October 23, 2023. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Gascón responded, “I’m heartbroken for your loss,” before defending his stance on criminal justice reform, saying, “Defining a complaint is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different result. been doing the same thing for generations.”

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Rivas, whose son was murdered in Los Angeles in 2016, joined “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday to continue her tense exchange with the involved DA.

“We can’t have that kind of progressive DA in office,” she said. “This is the first time in history, 180 years, that we have ever had a DA who has a heart for criminals and not a heart for the people who are suffering. There are parents who have lost their children to murder who are 16, 17 years old. and getting five years in prison, Where is the justice in this?

Emma Rivas vs. George Gascon

Emma Rivas, whose son was shot and killed by a gang member in 2016, confronted DA George Gascon for his soft policies on crime last Thursday. (Fox Weekend & Friends / Screencap & KTTV)

“And he’s sitting there smiling and laughing, and he doesn’t care. He is not fit to be the DA, and his assistant is a defense attorney. How did we get here? And why people do not understand that this man. Not good for LA? He already destroyed San Francisco, and now he’s doing the same thing in Los Angeles County.”

Gascón stopped prosecutors from pursuing advanced penalties for gang members after taking over as district attorney, according to FOX 11 in LA.

Several deputy district attorneys who were running against him voiced their disagreement with the policy last Thursday.

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At the same time, Rivas contested the impact of the policies on sentencing for her son’s murder.

Gascón has previously defended his crime policies, telling KTLA-TV in June 2022 that he “knows how to keep communities safe,” blaming rising violence in the county on the the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also received the support of The Los Angeles Times editorial board for his re-election bid as its members wanted “voters to be wise to reject the nonsense and keep Gascón on the job and re -improve criminal justice instead.”

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Landon Mion of Fox News contributed to this report.

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