A California mother is outraged by Los Angeles (LA) District Attorney (DA) George Gascón after a teenager was convicted of ramming his vehicle into her and her eight-month-old child, and only five to seven months in was sentenced to a “juvenile probation camp,” reports said.
“I have never been more surprised or disappointed, and in fact I have never felt more victimized than by the system and the current policies of LA Attorney George Gascón,” the statement, obtained in part by CBS Los Angeles, said Impact of Mother’s Sacrifice reads. The outlet didn’t reveal her name, but Fox News identified her as “Rachel.”
The horrific on-camera incident, seen below, happened while a mother and child went for a morning stroll in Venice on August 6, 2021, and investigators claimed at the time that the 16-year-old was “under the influence of.” Drugs,” KABC wrote in August.
Video of the incident shows the driver plowing through the mother and her baby, throwing the woman over the hood and windshield, and the stroller overturning. The mother frantically jumped up to check on her child as the car continued down the road, video showed.
“I thought these were the last moments of our lives, we were dead. That feeling, along with the memory of a car accelerating right into us, will haunt me forever,” she wrote in her statement, according to CBS LA.
“Despite the shocking surveillance video of the August 6, 2021 incident, numerous eyewitnesses and initial criminal charges, the teenager will serve his sentence in a ‘juvenile probation camp,’ an alternative punishment that is less severe than juvenile detention,” Fox News reported. According to CBS LA, the sentence is five to seven months
In a statement to Fox News, Gascón’s office said, in part:
Fortunately, the baby was unharmed and the mother sustained a lacerated elbow. The sheriff’s department approved the felony charges filed. At the indictment, the minor admitted to two counts of assault with likely grievous bodily harm and one count of hit and run. The probation service recommended, and the court sentenced the minor to a youth camp for five to seven months, an appropriate dissolution.
When this happens, that teenager will be held accountable for their actions and given the services needed to encourage positive development and discourage them from committing future crimes.
Although the LA County District Attorney’s Office acknowledged the elbow injury, the woman claimed in her full impact statement that was procured from the Daily Mailthat she sustained injuries to three discs in her back, adding that the emotional trauma resulting from the incident continues to haunt her.
Additionally, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva issued a sharp rebuke to testimony from Gascón’s office.
“Today the LA County District Attorney’s Office released a statement alleging that the Sheriff’s Department approved the light conviction in a brutal hit and run in Venice, California,” Villanueva wrote in a tweet.
We were never consulted because we were not the investigating authority. Sheriff’s investigators would never agree to the easy conviction in this hit-and-run case. Stop encouraging and encouraging criminal behavior. Hold them accountable #VictimsMatter
Today the @ladaoffice released a statement claiming this @LASDHQ was fine with the light sentence in that brutal hit and run in Venice. We were never consulted because we were not the investigating authority. @LASDHQ Investigators would never agree with that conviction #VictimsMatter https://t.co/oovp8DwDDO
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) June 4, 2022
LA Assistant District Attorney Shea Sonna criticized Gascón’s crime policies in a statement, according to CBS. LA Sonna noted that “under Gascón’s LA County and its policies … you can’t push your child down the street in a stroller without worrying.” become a victim of a crime. “
In her impact statement, Rachel explained that she attended a meeting with the county’s “Juvenile DA” where she claimed she “was told that Gascon’s policy of offering the lightest touch to minors would prevent us from ever seeing justice.”
“I was also told that when he turned 18 his file would be deleted. How on earth can that be?” she added. “He tried to murder two innocent pedestrians. Murder. And we have video evidence. My child would be dead if I hadn’t been there to protect him.”
“George Gascon doesn’t value my life or the life of my child or any other victim out there and would rather reward the monsters like KB by demonstrating to them that their actions have no consequences,” she explained.
Rachel also opened up about how she’s “lost all faith in the justice system” and that she’s relocating from the “increasingly dangerous” area of Los Angeles.