In an interview to Fox News, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has slammed the country’s district attorneys for undermining the work of local law enforcement officers by either words or policies.
Speaking on “Fox News @ Night,” with host Shannon Bream, Sheriff Alex Villanueva noted that there have “more than 12,000” cases in the region where liberal District Attorney George Gascon has refused to prosecute criminals brought in by county deputies on their “alleged crimes.”
Alex Villanueva said, “ So that is disheartening for any cop to think all their work is being undone by a careless and irresponsible district attorney. But they’re not going to stop doing their job. The deputies … keep doing your job, don’t use the excuse of someone else not doing their job to avoid it – and it’s working. So we’re making the effort out there. What we need now is, we need responsible district attorneys who are going to file their cases. And if they want to play the role of public defender, they should just quit their job and go over to the public defenders – and everything they say makes perfect sense for a public defender, not a district attorney.”
He added, “Sadly, L.A. County, the Board of Supervisors, has defunded our department. We already lost 1,281 positions – and they’re doubling down and they refuse to refund the sheriff’s department while we’re fighting these massive increases in violent crime.”
Additionally, Sheriff Alex Villanueva responded to San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin saying smash and grab crime was nothing new in California, calling the recent crackdown on it “knee-jerk reactions.” “There’s nothing ‘knee-jerk’ about it. It’s just common sense,” Villanueva said. “This person just does not get it and I’m sorry to hear that. But you know what? He has a responsibility to have – if you want to do reform, that’s great. No one argues about reforming any system of government,” said Villanueva.
Adding in part that, “But when you fly in the face of common sense, the fact that we have in our county, L.A. County … I have a 92 percent increase in homicides in two years. I have a 16 percent increase in grand-theft auto. I have a ‘zero bail’ schedule, which means every person I catch with a stolen car gets a ticket, walks out of jail … in fact, they’re out of jail before they’re even done writing the report, the deputies.”
Alex Villanueva slammed liberal lawmakers for living in a ‘woke palace’ where they are not affected by their own policies. He said, “And this person [Boudin] claims it’s a ‘knee-jerk reaction’ to go back to holding people accountable? I think the old-fashioned ‘having people suffer the consequences for engaging in crime’ means something,” adding, “And it’s people … They live in this ‘woke palace’ where they’re not affected by the policies, but the average person IS impacted by them.”