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Crime is on the rise in Los Angeles, and the soft-on-criminals policies of District Attorney George Gascon are a major cause, Sheriff Alex Villanueva says.
When Gascon took office in December 2020 as one of the successful candidates backed by liberal financier George Soros, he issued a list of crimes that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office no longer would prosecute.
Those changes are “unleashing a wave of crime by not prosecuting criminals who are victimizing poor people, people of color, people that live in the toughest neighborhoods in our communities,” Villanueva says.
Villanueva, a lieutenant in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department when he was elected sheriff in 2018, joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to explain how Gascon’s policies led to criminals being released back onto the streets and how the “defund the police” movement has affected his workforce.
Also on today’s show, we cover these stories:
- The Biden administration extends the mask mandate for many travelers, especially on planes and trains, for another 15 days.
- President Biden accuses Russia of committing genocide against the Ukrainian people.
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott makes good on his promise to bus illegal immigrants to Washington, D.C.
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