Los Angeles DA George Gascon defends policies after 2 police officers killed: 'We have an imperfect system'

Justin William Flores, who is accused of fatally shooting El Monte Police Department Cpl. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana, had a previous strike conviction and received two years probation for a felony firearm possession charge.

We have an imperfect system,” Gascon said during a Tuesday press conference, “and that’s not only here in L.A. It’s everywhere. I know this is frustrating to hear, and it may not help heal the wounds for some. We do not serve our community when we try to pretend that we can predict 100% of the time when these cases are going to … occur.

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Flores had beendrug-addicted for many yearsand previously arrestedmultiple times for a variety of low-level offenses,” most of which were drug-related, the DA said.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon on Tuesday defended his policies amid criticism following reports that the deceased suspect accused of killing two El Monte, 加利福尼亚州, 警务人员, was out on probation.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon on Tuesday defended his policies amid criticism following reports that the deceased suspect accused of killing two El Monte, 加利福尼亚州, 警务人员, was out on probation. (KCBS-TV)

And then almost a decade ago, he was arrested and convicted for burglarizing his grandparentshome for stealing a TV,” Gascon said. “He then remained pretty much away from the criminal justice system until the arrest in this particular case, where he was arrested for possession of drugs for personal use and possession of a gun.

Gascon added that Florescould havegone to jail under his policies had the suspect been tried.

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We can ‘if’ this thing to death,” 他说. “There’s certainly many opportunities for a catastrophe — a tragedy — to have occurred, but the reality is that when you have the history that this individual had, the outcome was appropriate under the circumstances.

Justin William Flores is the alleged gunman in a Southern California shootout that killed two police officers on Tuesday, 六月 14, 2022 in El Monte, 牛犊.

Justin William Flores is the alleged gunman in a Southern California shootout that killed two police officers on Tuesday, 六月 14, 2022 in El Monte, 牛犊. (加州惩教与康复部(AP))

The district attorney, 谁是 facing a recall effort, added that prosecutors mustcontinue to work toward a safer community” 通过 “doing things we know that work,” including interventions for those on probation, transitional services for those getting out of prison to keep them out of prison, trauma recovery, working employment and housing services, 等等.

I urge everyone to ensure that we do not overreact here and that we do the things that we know that work,” Gascon continued.

Eric Siddall, vice president of the Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys Association, released a statement Tuesday condemning Gascon’s response to the two officer deaths.

The city of El Monte announced Corporal Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana were killed in the line of duty.

The city of El Monte announced Corporal Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana were killed in the line of duty. (City of El Monte)

Under California law, Flores should have been in a state prison cell on the day he murdered the two officers. 代替, because of George Gascón’s policies, he was in a hotel room in El Monte beating his girlfriend until two officers responded for the call for help. Now two officers are dead,” Siddall said.

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Paredes and Santana were responding to a local motel over reports of a possible stabbing when they encountered a suspect. A shootout occurred, and both officers were struck. They later died in a Los Angeles hospital, 官员说.

Nineteen months prior, Siddall added, 加斯康 “issued an order that all strikes offenses that were charged by the prior district attorney were to be stricken.