For Immediate Release
September 14, 2023
ERIC SIDDALL SLAMS GASCÓN’S FAILURE
TO SECURE RESOURCES TO
COMBAT SMASH AND GRAB
As Smash and Grab Robberies Expand Throughout Southland, Former LA County DA Union Vice President Eric Siddall Demands Swift Action to Fight Back Against Crime Wave
LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, Candidate for Los Angeles County District Attorney Eric Sapetto Siddall slammed District Attorney George Gascón’s failure to secure additional resources to combat the rampant smash and grab retail theft happening throughout Los Angeles. The deadline to secure state funding to combat organized retail theft passed today and counties from all over California applied and received grants. Despite a dire need for additional resources to fight back against organized retail theft, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office was not on the list of grant applicants or recipients.
Surrounding prosecutorial offices, including the district attorney’s offices of Ventura, Orange, and Riverside applied and received state grant funding. Further, law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department also received grants. The one notable exception was the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office that failed to even apply.
Governor Gavin Newson recently announced the investment to combat organized retail crime across California saying, “With an unprecedented $267 million investment, Californians will soon see more takedowns, more police, more arrests, and more felony prosecutions. When shameless criminals walk out of stores with stolen goods, they’ll walk straight into jail cells.”
In response to Gascón’s failure to apply for funding for Los Angeles County, immediate past vice president of the Los Angeles Association of Deputy District Attorneys Eric Siddall issued the following statement:
“George Gascón’s failure to secure additional resources from the state to combat smash and grab robberies is just another example of his negligence and inability to lead. As criminals carry out these brazen robberies, the district attorney’s office should be utilizing every tool to put a stop to these crimes. Once again, Gascón didn’t even show up. His incompetence failed all Angelenos.”
--Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Eric Siddall
ABOUT ERIC SAPETTO SIDDALL
The son of an Argentine immigrant mother who served as a United States Civil Rights Commissioner and ran a law practice catering to the Latino community, and a father who was a deputy public defender, Eric Sapetto Siddall grew up in a home that valued public service.
He served as Vice President of the Los Angeles Association of Deputy District Attorneys for nearly a decade, as well as a board member of the victims’ rights group, Justice For Murdered Children. Eric is also designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. He is assigned to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Crimes Against Peace Officers Division. Eric's past assignments include prosecuting gang homicides, domestic violence, and sex crimes, including crimes against children. He has tried over 80 jury trials.
Eric has written extensively on California criminal justice issues. He has trained prosecutors and police officers through programs directed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the United States Department of Justice. He is a past board member and vice president of the Latino Prosecutors Association. Aside from being a prosecutor, Eric serves on the board of the Galileo Foundation, an organization focused on supporting the work of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Science. Eric received his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law and studied philosophy at Boston College.
Eric lives in Highland Park with his partner and son.
For more information please visit EricSiddall.com.
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