An alleged MS-13 gang member was charged in a brutal assault against a transgender womanin a Los Angeles park. But the Los Angeles Times reported that the deputy district attorney who is prosecuting the case claims he was blocked from a gang enhancement under orders from his boss, L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón. “It was a gang case. The gang allegation should have been filed,” deputy DA Richard Ceballos, who has been openly critical of Gascón’s policies, told the newspaper. “But I wasn’t allowed to do so.” “It was a gang case. The gang allegation should have been filed. But I wasn’t allowed to do so.” — Richard Ceballos, deputy DA, Los Gascón prohibited the use of such sentencing enhancements after taking office in December. According to the paper, he later reinstated the use of improvements “in and in specified extraordinary circumstances,” according to the form.
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George Gascon is seen May 5, 2010 in San Francisco. In last week’s case, suspect Gabriel Orellana, 19, was charged with battery Ceballos said, according to the Times. Orellana pleaded not guilty during a brief Monday. Ceballos said he and another suspect are the unidentified victim, who was taken to a hospital for treatment. The deputy DA added that the suspects allegedly made derogatory remarks toward the victim before knocking her to the ground and repeatedly striking her in the head and torso. According to the Times, the attack occurred as gang members have been linked to violence against transgender women at the park at least four times since August 2020. MacArthur Park was seen in Los Angeles on March 9, 2020. MS-13 claims the park as part of its territory, authorities said.
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“[MS-13], they’re in and out of that park andis a target of some kind,” said LAPD Assistant Chief Beatrice Nirmala, the department’s liaison with the LGBTQ community, of the recent attacks. “That’s something we’re feeling and hearing from the community,” Nirmala added that transgender women used to socialize at businesses in the neighborhood. Still, as establishments, many were led to the park.
According to jail records, Orellana was previously arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, more petite than abefore the alleged assault. Prosecutors rejected the case because the robbery victim was uncooperative — leading to his release, Ceballos said. Reports said that Orellana was charged with one count of battery likely to produce significant bodily injury in connection with the attack. The other or charged. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 9, according to a spokesman for the district attorney’s office.