Gascón: Suspect In El Monte Police Homicide Had No Violent Historical past

Los Angeles District Lawyer George Gascon mentioned the person suspected of killing two El Monte officials didn’t have a “historical past of violence.”

The Tuesday replace got here after Gascón opposers accused Gascón of giving the alleged killer, Justin William Flores, a mild sentence for a prior violent offense.

Gascón mentioned the suspect had a couple of non-violent drug-related offenses, a rate for possessing a gun and used to be closing arrested just about 10 years in the past for breaking into his grandparent’s place of abode and stealing a TV.

“He went via a long time frame with none touch with the justice gadget,” Gascón mentioned Tuesday. “We will be able to ‘if’ this factor to dying. There’s surely many alternatives the place disaster, a tragedy may have took place, however the fact is that if you have the historical past that this person had, the result used to be suitable to the instances.”

The district legal professional addressed additional rumors that the place of business would pay for the suspect’s funeral, dispelling the perception, calling it a “falsehood.”

“This guy used to be now not a sufferer of against the law. He’s a suspect and we might now not pay for his products and services,” Gascón mentioned. “We now have made that very transparent.”

The 2 officials killed within the capturing had been El Monte PD Corporal Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana, each El Monte natives.

The officials had been responding to an emergency home violence name. Upon arrival, a shoot out ensued with each the officials and suspect being killed.

“We can not use unmarried tragedies to make coverage,” Gascón mentioned Tuesday. “We now have completed that previously, reacting harshly to remoted incidents that frighten and anger us. Nevertheless it failed to extend neighborhood protection, contributed to mass incarceration and emptied our public coffers of finances lets in a different way commit to schooling, healthcare, housing, infrastructure and financial construction.”

Organizers for a Gascón recall marketing campaign mentioned they secured the desired 566,857 signatures for a recall and would use the next days to construct upon its signatures to account for the potential of some now not qualifying for verification.

“We’re formally inside of placing distance of beginning a recall towards George Gascón, however the urgency for signature assortment in those ultimate days can be more than ever,” marketing campaign organizers wrote in a press unlock. “We will have to construct the vital cushion for signatures which are inevitably invalidated. The one factor that may prevent us at this level is complacency.”

The marketing campaign has till June 30 to assemble signatures and switch them in for verification.

Updated: June 22, 2022 — 5:19 am