Woke George Gascon does it again! Driver who hit mother and baby given just 5 MONTHS in juvie
'George Gascon doesn’t value my life or the life of my child, or any other victim out there,' the mother slammed the LA DA
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: A California teen convicted of plowing a car into a mother and her 8-month-old son will spend just five months in a diversionary program. The furious mother lashed out at soft-on-crime District Attorney George Gascon. Despite shocking surveillance video of the August 6, 2021, incident, numerous eyewitnesses, and initial felony charges, the teen will serve his sentence at a "juvenile probation camp," an alternative sentence less severe than juvenile detention.
Gascon’s office called the final sentence of five to seven months in youth camp "an appropriate resolution." "Fortunately, the baby was uninjured, and the mother received a laceration to her elbow," his office told Fox News Friday, June 3. "The Sheriff’s Department agreed with the felony charges that were filed. At the arraignment, the minor admitted two felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and one felony count of hit-and-run. The Probation Department recommended, and the court sentenced the minor to a youth camp for five to seven months, an appropriate resolution."
Juvenile justice is meant to "rehabilitate young people," the statement continued. "In this case, this teen will be held accountable for his actions and receive the needed services to foster positive development to keep him from committing future offenses."
According to the police, the teen driver, 16 at the time of the crime, told the investigators that the victim appeared out of nowhere, and he struck her by accident. He was initially charged with felony driving while intoxicated and, given the circumstances of the incident, could have faced several more serious charges if Gascon's prosecutors had the leeway to push for them.
Multiple videos show that the car hit the mother and the child directly and sped in the wrong way down a narrow backstreet with no sidewalks. After mowing the mother and the child, the driver attempts to drive away and then collides with another driver.
"I thought those were the last moments of our lives; we were dead," the mother, who asked to be identified only as Rachel, wrote in a victim’s impact statement. "That feeling, along with the memory of a car accelerating directly into us, will haunt me forever."
“George Gascon doesn’t value my life or the life of my child, or any other victim out there, and would rather reward the monsters like [the juvenile suspect] by demonstrating to them that their actions have no consequences,” Rachel wrote. “DA Gascon is telling him and every other thug in LA County that it doesn’t matter if you try to murder people. Why are Gascon’s policies prioritizing the livelihood of rotten monsters when my child, my baby, who is incapable of protecting himself, is left to fend for himself, and is essentially being told his life doesn’t matter?” she further wrote.
The teen was charged with two felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and one felony count of hit and run, according to the DA’s office.
“I have never been more surprised or disappointed, and in fact, I have never felt so victimized as I have by the system and current policies of LA’s DA, George Gascon,” she said. “My heart breaks when I think about all of the other victims out there, less fortunate than me, whose murderers are getting lenient sentences and being released from prison before their sentences are complete.”
She added that she’d been told his record would be “wiped clean” when he turns 18. “How on earth can that be?” she said. “He tried to murder two innocent pedestrians. Murder. And we have video evidence. My child would be dead if I hadn’t been there to protect him.”
Gascon, who is currently facing a second recall effort, has been repeatedly slammed over his lenient policy regarding juvenile criminal cases, including not prosecuting children as adults. “We stand by the purpose of the juvenile justice system to rehabilitate young people,” his office said when asked about the teen’s case. “In this case, this teen will be held accountable for his actions and receive the needed services to foster positive development to keep him from committing future offenses.”