George Gascon resigns as San Francisco D.A.

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon has announced his resignation.

Gascon announced the news to his staff Thursday afternoon prior to sending a formal letter to Mayor London Breed.

The San Francisco mayor released the following statement on the resignation:

“People depend on the District Attorney to keep our residents and communities safe each and every day. We can’t afford to have an absence of leadership in the DA’s Office because victims of crime need to be represented and people who commit crimes in our city need to be held accountable.”

The resignation could confirm that Gascon looks to challenge Los Angeles D.A. Jackie Lacey.

President of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, Tony Montoya, also released a statement.

“We are praying for the residents of Los Angeles hoping that George Gascon does not do to their city what he did to San Francisco during his tenure; double digit increases in crime, author of Proposition 47 that created our criminal justice revolving door, cars broken into by the thousands and neighborhoods ravaged by open air drug markets and crime,” Montoya said. “We are happy he will be leaving San Francisco but feel horrible that he is taking his record of failure to an even larger county where he can cause even more harm to public safety. Good riddance.”

It wasn’t long before San Francisco Police Chief publicly released a statement via Twitter.

“I want to thank District Attorney @GeorgeGascon for his service and commitment to our City. I wish him well with his future endeavors and look forward to continuing to work with @SFDAOffice to address our City’s challenges.”

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