by Damjan Tutarkov
George Gascon, Los Angeles County’s new District Attorney, attacked police unions for supposedly using crime victims to criticize his progressive and controversial criminal justice policies, which include eliminating cash bail and reducing the sentences of violent criminals.
Gascon’s policies are part of a special directive he issued shortly after taking office and eliminate the death penalty, cash bail, and sentencing enhancements. On the last issue, Gascon partly reversed course Friday and said in some cases prosecutors will be allowed to pursue sentencing enhancements.
In an appearance on Rev. Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show, PoliticsNation, Gascon claimed the pushback against his policies is fueled by police unions and prison guard unions and other groups he said have an economic or political benefit from “mass incarceration.”