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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon on Wednesday seemingly brushed off concern when asked about the mother of one of the slain El Monte police officers who said she blamed Gascon’s policies for allowing her son’s killer to remain out of prison before the shooting.
“This individual had no history of violence,” Gascon said of accused killer Justin William Flores during a virtual town hall discussion on Wednesday evening. When asked by Fox News Digital about mother Olga Garcia, who said Gascon should resign over the officers’ deaths, Gascon said, “He was on bail for months and could have committed a violent act for a month – We don’t have a crystal ball.”
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon speaks at a press conference earlier this month. (KCBS-TV)
Flores, a gang member, was on probation for a weapons charge after he received a lenient sentence through a plea deal. A Gascon policy allowed Flores to plead no contest to being a felon in possession of a firearm and receive a light sentence despite having a strike on his criminal record already.
Garcia is the mother of Joseph Anthony Santana, an El Monte police officer