Letters to the Editor: Anti-Gascón campaign is OK with reform, not dangerous social experiments

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Los Angeles, CA - May 25: Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon addresses police accountability and the actions taken by his office to restore trust in the community during a press conference on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón speaks at a news conference at the Hall of Justice in downtown L.A. on May 25. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

To the editor: The Times' editorial, "Anti-Gascón drive extends era of destructive, distracting recall mania," gaslights the public about the campaign to remove Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón from office.

The editorial asserts that lockdowns and political turmoil are the real reasons for the backlash against Gascón. To be clear, the recall is in direct response to Gascón's pro-criminal policies, and nothing else. Just ask the victims who are leading the effort, or the 37 cities in the county that issued votes of no confidence in their district attorney.

The editorial also suggests Gascón's opposition is coming from the "far right" and opponents of reform. That is misleading. The recall has bipartisan support, funding and leadership. Many people who signed the petition voted for Gascón. We support reform, but we do not support Gascón's twisted social experiment.

Lastly, we strongly disagree with the claim that Gascón bears minimal responsibility for Los Angeles' public safety crisis. Murderers and violent criminals also disagree; some have been recorded in jail actually celebrating the district attorney.

While the editorial argues that it is "fairly new and somewhat odd” to blame district attorneys for rising crime, what is truly new and odd is a district attorney who refuses to carry out the most basic mandates of his job.

When consequences are substantially curtailed, crime is emboldened. And when dangerous criminals are let off early and easy, they are free to continue wreaking havoc on innocent residents.

Desiree Andrade, Glendale

The writer is co-chair of the campaign to recall Gascón.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.