Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón reportedly “gutted” his office’s Hardcore Gang Unit and Major Narcotics Unit this week, severely downsizing both as he continues to transform the nation’s largest criminal justice jurisdiction.
FOX 11 News investigative reporter Bill Melugin first reported that Gascón was planning to dismantle the Hardcore Gang Unit more than two weeks ago. On Wednesday, multiple unnamed sources told Melugin that upper management had called a meeting to inform prosecutors that the unit would be cut back.
“They were told that George Gascón wants to, quote, ‘reimagine’ the unit, make it more community-based, that they want to change the name because Gascón and the administration don’t like the name,” Melugin told KFI’s John and Ken Show. “An hour before this meeting, the Major Narcotics Unit had a similar meeting, and they were told that half of their unit is going to be wiped out as well. And those transfer lists have already started going out. So