‘This is who they are’: Soros-backed DA under fire for publicly insulting murder victim’s mother

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is under fire for a dismissive demeanor toward the mother of a 2015 murder victim who was kidnapped and tortured.

Gascon was speaking outside the Pomona courthouse when Desiree Andrade called out, “My son can never speak again because he was murdered. He was kidnapped, tortured and murdered. My son matters.”

On Friday, Gascon dropped special circumstances filed for Julian Andrade’s accused killers, removing the possibility of life without parole, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported.

“It’s unfortunate that some people do not have enough education to keep their mouth shut so we can talk,” Gascon is heard saying, just before Andrade’s comments.

 

Gascon, who supports sentencing reforms and reduced jail populations, was elected to office with the assistance of billionaire George Soros, the Democratic mega-donor and founder of Open Society Foundations, who contributed $2.25 million to his campaign, according to the LA Times.

Sworn in Monday, Gascon immediately ended the use of cash bail for many crimes.

Fox LA reporter Bill Melugin said in a tweet that he reached out to Gascon’s team for a comment on the video.

“I’ve initially been told he wasn’t aware they were family members of victims yelling at him when he made this comment, and thought they were just hecklers,” he said.

As for the formal statement, it wasn’t long in coming.

“While speaking to colleagues outside of the office, there were individuals yelling on opposite sides of the crowd,” Gascon said in the release. “I did not understand what they were yelling about until later, let alone that they were victims.”

 

“Regardless, it’s not how I should have reacted,” the prosecutor continued. “Clearly, this family is in pain, and I will be contacting them to speak directly and hear them out. The defendants in this case are all facing life in prison.”

Andrade told FOX 11 she saw her son’s alleged killers smirk in court earlier Friday as their special circumstance charges were dismissed.

“Smirking from ear to ear. One of the lawyers giving one of them a fist bump on his shoulder, like ‘Good job, way to go.’ Really?” she said. “They thought my son was dead three different times, and yet, they continued to beat my son to death. You’re going to tell me those aren’t murderers?”

“It’s sick. This is all sick,” Andrade said, adding, “I felt let down by this justice system.”

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story fromTwitter:

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