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Democrats are notoriously soft on crime. Now a California mother is speaking out.
A teenager was convicted after plowing a car into a mother and her 8-month-old son. The crime was caught on shocking surveillance video. There were also numerous eyewitnesses.
The teenager was driving a stolen car and speeding the wrong way down a narrow backstreet with no sidewalks. The car sped directly into the mother and child.
The driver also attempted to drive away, but was stopped by another driver who crashed into the stolen sedan with a pickup truck.
Thanks to liberal LA District Attorney George Gascon, the teenager won’t serve jail time. Instead, the teen will only spend five months in a “diversionary program.”
This program is described as a “juvenile probation camp,” which is far less severe than juvenile detention.
“I thought those were the last moments of our lives; we were dead,” the mother said. “That feeling, along with the memory of a car accelerating directly into us, will haunt me forever.”
“As the car approached me and my child, I stopped walking and moved the stroller and myself up against a building on the right side of the road to ensure that we gave the reckless driver plenty of room to pass,” Rachel said.
“As the car got dangerously close to us, [the juvenile suspect] turned the wheels in our direction and accelerated as he aimed to kill us.”
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According to police sources, the driver, 16 at the time of the crime, initially told investigators the victim appeared out of nowhere, and he struck her by accident…
Rachel, in her statement, repeatedly called the attack an attempted murder and lambasted Gascon for what she called a policy of seeking juvenile justice with “the lightest touch possible.”
She said the driver got so close she could see the whites of his eyes.
Rachel said she lived in fear for seven months before the driver was taken into custody and added she will continue to live in fear after his short sentence is complete.
“I was also told that his record would be wiped clean when he turns 18,” she continued. “How on earth can that be? 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.”
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In the harrowing collision, with a wall to one side and the approaching car on the other, Rachel said she lifted her son’s stroller straight up just before impact, which she credits for saving him from more severe injuries.
“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 [the juvenile suspect] by demonstrating to them that their actions have no consequences,” Rachel’s statement continues. “DA Gascon is telling him and every other thug in LA County that it doesn’t matter if you try to murder people. Why are Gascon’s policies prioritizing the livelihood of rotten monsters when my child, my baby, who is incapable of protecting himself, is left to fend for himself, and is essentially being told his life doesn’t matter?”
Gascon’s office has come under fire for months for what critics say is a soft approach to prosecuting crime. He has maintained that his reforms are aimed at creating a fairer criminal justice system.