#VictimsMatter trends as Internet erupts over LUDICROUS sentence for teen who ran over mother and baby

District attorney George Gascon has denied the involvement of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the light sentencing


                            #VictimsMatter trends as Internet erupts over LUDICROUS sentence for teen who ran over mother and baby
The furious mother lashed out at soft-on-crime LA District Attorney George Gascon following the shocking move (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images, Los Angeles County)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: District attorney George Gascon has denied the involvement of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the light sentencing of the teenager who plowed a car into a mother and her eight-month-old on August 6, 2021. This came just after Sheriff Alex Villanueva publicly called out Gascon in a Facebook statement and said, “We were never consulted as we were not the Investigating agency. Sheriff’s Investigators would never be ok with the lightweight sentencing in this hit and run case. Stop empowering and encouraging criminal behavior. Hold them accountable #VictimsMatter.”

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#VictimsMatter starts trending post the call out

This led to a massive blowout on Twitter against Gascon. One reacted by saying, "The liberal nuts in charge of prosecuting the thugs amongst us have more compassion for them than they do the victims. You do not curb criminal behavior by leniency, you encourage it. #VictimsMatter." "Stop empowering and encouraging criminal behavior. Hold them accountable #VictimsMatter," wrote another user.

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Talking about taking the first initiative, a user wrote, "Enforcing the current laws would be a good start…stop empowering and encouraging criminal behavior by not holding them accountable… #victimsmatter #dueprocess."


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The case and the charges

An initial statement by Gascon provided to Fox News Digital said that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 'agreed with the felony charges' over the light sentence the 17-year-old teenager received after he was convicted of driving a car into a mother and her eight-month-old son.

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In the incident, the California teen was speeding in the wrong direction and plowed the car into a mother and her eight-month-old son, who survived the accident. The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to two felony charges of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and one felony count of hit-and-run. He was sentenced to five to seven months in a juvenile probation camp which prosecutors have described as 'less than a military school and a little bit tougher than a summer camp.'

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Post the sentencing, Gascon met with severe criticism last year as he said the sentence was an appropriate resolution. Fox News reported that the mother, who was identified only as Rachel, sent a grievous victim-impact statement to LA’s top prosecutor after the teen driver was ordered to participate in a diversionary event in an August 2021 incident. She wrote, "I thought those were the last moments of our lives; we were dead. That feeling, along with the memory of a car accelerating directly into us, will haunt me forever."

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"DA Gascon is telling him and every other thug in L.A. County that it doesn’t matter if you try to murder people. Why are Gascon’s policies prioritizing the livelihoods of rotten monsters, when My Baby ‘My child, unable to defend himself, is left to fend for himself, and is essentially being told that his life doesn’t matter?" the statement added. "My heart breaks when I think of all the other victims, who are less fortunate than me, whose killers are getting softer sentences and being released from prison before their sentences are completed.”

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At present, George Gascon is facing a second recall effort, which has the support of deputy prosecutors in his own office. The petition surpassed 500,000 signatures earlier this week, and organizers say they need just 67,000 more by July 6 to secure a ballot.

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