Supporters of the recall effort against Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon held a demonstration today outside Sushi Fumi, 359 N. La Cienega Blvd., where Jewish diners were attacked in May for their ancestry in the wake of Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
The rally was meant “to raise awareness of the attacks last month and how Gascon’s policies have resulted in certain hate incidents not being charged,” according to spokesperson Karen Roseberry.
WEHOville asked Roseberry how the anti-Semitic attacks were connected to Gascon’s policies.
Which of the DA’s policies do you believe allows people who commit hate crimes to evade conviction?
Special directive 20-08 ended the addition of special enhancements on the prosecution of crimes. This included the enhancements of hate crimes, (though) Gascon would later loosely roll back these to allow for the addition of hate crime charges in the most “narrowly construed” of circumstances. Gascon also supports the submission of motions for the release of any criminal who has served over 15 years in prison regardless of the crime committed — this would include those sentenced for committing hate crimes.
What don’t people in general understand about hate crimes?
In general what people don’t always understand about hate crimes is that they have been rising and spiking, especially against the Asian community — but as also seen in front of Sushi Fumi, attacks against the Jewish community are also taking place.
How many hate crimes have been prosecuted this year? How many convictions?
On a quick look there didn’t appear to be readily accessible data on the number of hate crimes that have been prosecuted (and convicted) in Los Angeles this year. Sheriff Villanueva has gone on record to express his disappointment in not seeing some hate incidents prosecuted.
How do the DA’s sentencing reform goals conflict with the need to protect minorities and targeted peoples?
Too often the criminals being released are being released back into traditionally minority communities, only to again repeatedly offend and commit more crime, particularly when emboldened by a lack of consequences and released without bail.