For a change, disgraced Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon charged a criminal; the question is, how long will he remain in prison, and will he complete his sentence or be let out early to commit more crimes and wreak havoc again?
As Gascon faces a potential recall, he is charging criminals, for a change, instead of his usual pro-crime and soft-on-crime stance. Olympian Kim Glass, the victim in this instance, spoke out about the incident on Tuesday evening after the alleged suspect was charged, according to Fox News:
“The point is guys, he has assaulted many people before me and he’s violated probation and he’s violated paroles doing the same thing,” Glass said in a video posted on her Instagram, noting that his other victims have been women … “You guys are only hearing about me because I’m an Olympian … And you guys haven’t heard from the other victims of the other attacks that have been happening, repeatedly happening in this city, so they need to be vindicated and we can’t drop the ball on this. We can’t. Things have to change.”
As RedState’s Jennifer Oliver O’Connell reported, the attacker, Semeon Tesfamariam, is accused of throwing a 10-inch metal bolt at Glass’ face while Glass was walking in Downtown Los Angeles near a homeless encampment.
Tesfamariam was scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday, but because doubts were raised about his competency to stand trial, a new hearing was set for August 12. Glass said:
“Clearly he’s not mentally well and I do feel for him a lot. At the same time, feeling for somebody and holding them accountable doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive.”
As we reported earlier this week, Gascon announced on Tuesday that Tesfamariam has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and is being held without bail. We have seen Gascon release criminals onto the streets before their sentencing is complete; one incident where a gang member was released early from prison, he went on to kill two El Monte police officers.
Time and time again, Gascon has shown that he puts criminals’ interests ahead of victims. It might sound crazy, but that has been the reality since he took office. It seems as though Los Angeles County residents have had enough and are ready to recall him in November, if the recall makes it to the ballot. Politicians like Mayor Eric Garcetti, Governor Gavin Newsom, and the soft-on-crime DA’s must be held accountable through recalls and election day. If they are not held accountable, this type of behavior will continue.
“He needs to be off the streets and I hope that he gets the full 11 years and then some, and I hope that while he’s doing it, he gets help.”
Glass concluded by saying:
“The more that we keep letting this issue go on and on and on, and they keep getting out and they are on the streets and we know that they are not healthy or mentally well and we’re putting our citizens, our healthcare workers, our cops, everyone in harm’s way … We’re letting our society down.”
She’s right. We are letting our society down and will continue to, if we don’t hold the people responsible for these crimes accountable.
Of course, we should first and foremost hold the criminals accountable. But we should not forget what transpired when it is time to cast a vote. We should remember that Gascon is a soft-on-crime DA; Gavin Newsom has made homelessness worse in the state because the only thing he knows how to do, is to throw money at the problem instead of getting rescue missions involved, investing in rescue missions, opening more rehabilitation, hiring mental health workers, and building more shelters in order to ban encampments and get these people away from the open-air drug markets.
Until those things happen, homelessness will be a problem, some of them will resort to violence, and it will end well for anyone involved. The good news is Los Angeles County has the opportunity to vote out Newsom in November, but more importantly, to recall Gascon. The city of Los Angeles also has the opportunity to elect a tough-on-crime Mayor, Rick Caruso, who will put the victims first, while truly addressing the homeless crisis.