On Tuesday, the city of Beverly Hill voted to support the recall of liberal district attorney George Gascon.
Background: Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon has been facing increased criticism and support for a recall amid rising rates of violent crime.
Gascon has traditionally supported more anti-police laws in the area. Residents have accused the Democrat DA of favoring criminals over taxpayers with his soft-on-crime policies.
Gascon won election in 2019, and immediately prohibited prosecutors from seeking the death penalty or utilizing California’s stiff laws to seek extended sentences for violent felonies including hate crimes.
Recently, philanthropist Jacqueline Avent was shot and killed during a home invasion in California which shook the community.
What Happened: Despite Beverly Hill being overwhelmingly Democrat, the city council voted unanimously to support the recall effort.
The recall effort has been organized by crime victims, former District Attorney Steve Cooley, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, a Democrat.
What Gascon Says: Gascon has attempted to paint the reaction to his policies as a “right-wing attempt.”
“Do not fall for this right-wing attempt,” he said. “Do not sign this petition. Los Angeles needs to move forward as a safer and less divided community where we focus on preventing crime to keep people safe — not react with political fearmongering or cable news ratings grabs.” (per The Washington Examiner)