Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has come under fire in recent days for bringing on a public defender who has been open about her anti-police rhetoric on social media. As a result, the police and prosecutor unions are now speaking out.

Tiffany Blacknell deployed a series of anti-police social media posts amid the unrest following the death of George Floyd—a man who may have died of a drug overdose. In one of her tweets, she referred to the L.A.P.D. as barbarians and went on to describe them as an army, according to the Daily Wire.

Not only did she call for defunding the police, but she also suggested that prisons are obsolete and that they need to be shut down. While the rioting and looting raged on over the summer, Blacknell noted that she, too, was a looter during the 1992 Rodney King riots, according to Fox 11 News.

She even posted a selfie of her wearing a shirt that said: “The Police Are Trained to Kill Us.”

Gascón is now bringing Blacknell on in the public defender’s office as a Grade 4 Deputy DA—the second-highest position a prosecutor can achieve.

It is possible that Blacknell will rake in $15,000 a month with the new position.

Cindy Wallace—a Grade 3—said that she had been working in the office for 13 years, and that Blacknell’s hire and promotion does not sit well with her.

“It’s really unfortunate. I think it’s unfair,” Wallace said. “It seems like she was given some sort of preferential treatment for helping George Gascón’s election, being on the transition team, it’s nepotistic a bit.”

Eric Siddall, who works as the vice president of the union currently representing prosecutors in the L.A. County D.A.’s Office, noted that a Grade 4 prosecutes the most complex of cases and requires a minimum of two years working as a Grade 3.

“I think it’s a slap in the face to all of our members who are patiently waiting for a promotion,” Siddall said.

“What’s curious is that a Grade 4 position requires prosecutorial experience. I don’t believe she has any,” Siddall added. “I think what’s really at issue is Mr. Gascón just doesn’t seem to follow the rules… this is really about political cronyism rather than someone who actually meets the qualification standards of a Grade 4 position.”

“She’s put some really negative, toxic things out about the law enforcement community, and these are people that as a prosecutor, you work directly with,” Wallace said. “Nothing she has tweeted has shown she has any respect for law enforcement or even prosecutors, and it’s just amazing and mind-blowing she would now want to come to our office.”

Fox 11 News reported in 2020 that, while working as a public defender, Blacknell gave a suspected gang murderer a sweetheart deal offer of just seven years. This was reportedly a deal made behind other prosecutors’ backs who were working on the case and the family of Fernando Rojo, the victim murdered in the case.

The deal eventually crumbled after Judge Mark Arnold snuffed it out and criticized it, according to the Pasadena Star-News.

The union now representing the L.A.P.D. is slamming Gascón’s decision to hire Blacknell, saying: “It’s unconscionable, but not surprising, that George Gascón would appoint someone as a top prosecutor who just a few months ago was involved in a secret deal to get her criminal defendant client a sweetheart deal on a murder charge. Once again, Gascón is thumbing his nose at crime victims by hiring someone who wants to abolish prisons, defund public safety, and who has expressed outright hatred toward police officers. With murders and shootings at a 10-year high, do we really need criminal defense attorneys on both sides of the aisle?”

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