(Headline USA) Soros-funded Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon defended his decision to release a criminal who killed two cops, claiming the man had “no history of violence” despite an attempt by his probation officer to put him behind bars.
Justin Flores was charged with a string of misdemeanor cases starting in 2011 up until June 14, when he shot El Monte police officers Michael Paredes and Joseph Santana. The officers were responding to a 911 call about a possible stabbing in a motel room when Flores attacked them.
Just last year, Flores was arrested on charges of possessing narcotics and a gun and ammunition in violation of his probation. But Gascon dismissed the ammunition charge, allowing Flores to walk free instead of serving the mandatory 32-month sentence.
“This individual has a record from 2009 all the way up to 2022. He was involved in the criminal justice system for more than 10 years with two felonies, multiple convictions, and firearm violations,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami, who is leading the effort to recall Gascon, said.
“He was an admitted gang member and committing domestic violence against his wife before the murders.”
Gascon, however, insisted that his prosecution of Flores was “appropriate.”
“The outcome in this particular case … was appropriate,” Gascon said during a Tuesday press conference. “[Justin] Flores had no history of violence and very little contact with the criminal justice system for 10 years.”
NEW: L.A. District Attorney @GeorgeGascon doubles down. Says the outcome of cop killer Justin Flores’ gun case was “appropriate”, & that “possession of a gun is not a violent crime.” Colleague @MattFinnFNC asked Gascon if he has message for parents of the dead cops, he walked out pic.twitter.com/O8aYSV70dh
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 21, 2022
Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley argued Flores would never have been able to kill two cops if Gascon had treated Flores’s criminal history seriously.
“A felon in possession of a gun suggests a person might have a tendency for violence,” Cooley said.
“And [the] very fact that he ended up murdering two police officers with a gun is somber evidence of that. Gascon is putting things in the best possible light given his failed policies in this instance. But for Gascon’s directives, Flores would’ve been incarcerated as of the date of the murders.”