A signature-gathering effort to force a recall vote on Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón officially launched this week – only a few months after he took office, according to reports.

The leaders and supporters of “Recall George Gascón” held a news conference Wednesday, criticizing the progressive policies that buoyed Gascón into office over incumbent Jackie Lacey, FOX 11 in Los Angeles reported.

Speakers at the news conference included those affected by crimes in the county.

“The sad truth … is that he has revictimized me and my family,” Desiree Andrade, whose 20-year-old son was beaten and stabbed and thrown off a cliff to his death, said. “He has total, utter disregard for us victims. You, George Gascón, have put criminals before vProsecutors removed the special circumstances charges of a deadly weapon, kidnapping and robbery for her son’s alleged murder, meaning the suspects won’t face the possibility of life without parole. Gascón has sought to remove special circumstances that could lengthen murder sentences in all cases.

Several prosecutors with the DA’s office have also spoken out against Gascón removing special circumstances in especially violent murder cases.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has publicly supported the recall and signed the petition at the news conference, victims.”

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