L.A. County Will No Longer Prosecute an Array of Crimes
L.A. County’s new district attorney is already ushering in dramatic changes. Last week, California County News covered a set of new policies, including the elimination of cash bail and gang enhancements. A subsequent memo from Dist. Atty. George Gascón shows L.A. County will no longer prosecute a host of crimes.
The list of offenses that will no longer be pursued for criminal prosecution in L.A. County include:
- Trespassing that does not pose an imminent risk to safety*
- Disturbing the peace*
- Driving without a valid license*
- Non-domestic criminal threats*
- Drug possession
- Minor possession of alcohol
- Drinking in public
- Public intoxication
- Loitering with intent to commit prostitution
- Resisting arrest*
Offenses with an asterisk carry exceptions, such as repeat offenses.
“The new DA talks a good game, but his plans will do nothing but further victimize Los Angeles residents, especially Black and Hispanic residents who currently make up 70% of violent crime victims,” said the Los Angeles Police Protective League.