Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon withdrew concern when asked about the mother of one of El Montay police officers who was murdered Wednesday, blaming Gascon’s policies on allowing her son’s killer out of jail before the shooting.
“This man has no history of violence,” Gascon said of accused killer Justin William Flores during a virtual town hall debate Wednesday evening. When asked by Fox News Digital about Goscan’s mother resigning “immediately” over the officers’ deaths, Gascon said, “He’s been on bail for months and may have committed a month of violence – we do not have a crystal ball.”
Flores, a member of the gang, is under consideration for a weapons charge after he received a light sentence through a solicitation agreement. Gascon Policy allowed Flores to request no competition to be convicted of possession of a firearm and received a light sentence despite an existing strike on his criminal history.
Garcia Joseph Anthony Santana’s mother, El Monte police officer, with his partner Cpl. Michael Domingo was shot and killed by Flores while calling home at the Parades, Motel. He turned his shotgun on himself when apprehended by a police officer on the porch of the house where the shootings took place.
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Flores’ wife said she went to the motel a day before to escape from him after he was attacked, but he followed her there.
Flores was killed by police in a shooting in the parking lot.
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“I contacted the family and proposed to meet with family members to express my sympathy,” Gascon added after a Fox News question about Garcia. “We have a victim unit.”
Garcia had previously told Fox News: “Gascon is expelling all these criminals and they are committing one crime after another. That person must be in jail. If he does not come out my son and the other officer may still be here.”
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Gascon added Wednesday night in Virtual Town Hall that he described the shooting and the Los Angeles execution process as “a lot of work to reach the family and the police department.”
He denied that any policy “did not assess or control this incident”.
The DA also cited rumors that one of its orders would make Flores pay his office for the funeral, which the office rejected.
“Mr. Flores was not a victim … he committed a heinous crime,” Gascon said, adding that the rumors were “unbelievably disturbing.”
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He also spoke briefly about gun reforms, pointing out that there are “more guns than people” in the country.
Fox News’ Sarah Rumpf contributed to this report.