February 2022 Newsletter

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Newsletter  |  February 10, 2022


Dear Friends:

Advancing public safety is at the core of everything we do at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. It is why we actively work with our law enforcement and community partners both to hold offenders accountable and to prevent crime.


District Attorney Asks Credit Card Companies
To Stop Online Payments for Ghost Guns

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has asked three credit card companies to show responsible corporate citizenship by stopping online payments for the purchase of ghost gun kits.

“American Express, Mastercard and Visa have the ability to go beyond what any law enforcement agency, legislature or city council can accomplish,” District Attorney Gascón said on Feb. 8. “We are asking these companies to join us in stemming the flow of ghost guns into our communities by preventing a ghost gun kit from being sold with a few mere clicks on a smartphone or computer.” 

District Attorney Gascón requested the change in letters to the companies that were cosigned by Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore and San Gabriel Police Chief Gene Harris, president of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association. 

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Information Sought in Killing of 16-Year-Old


District Attorney George Gascón is urging the public to come forward with information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who killed 16-year-old Tioni Theus in early January.

The District Attorney announced a $110,000 reward for information at a Jan. 26 news conference with Los Angeles County Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Los Angeles City Councilmembers Curran D. Price Jr. and Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Assemblymember Mike Gipson and California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Jesus Holguin.

Anyone with information should contact the California Highway Patrol’s Major Crimes Unit at (323) 644-9550. Also, members of the public who have any information may contact an anonymous tip line at (888) 412-7463.

For more information, click here. To watch the news conference, click here.

Asian Justice Rally


District Attorney George Gascón stood in solidarity against crimes of hate at the Asian Justice Rally, which was organized by the Thai Community Development Center.

“In an effort to confront racism, xenophobia and intolerance, my office’s Hate Crimes Unit has created a restorative justice program that will examine and address the root causes of the hate and violence. I've also brought together a coalition of voices to create the first Asian American and Pacific Islander Advisory Board in the history of the District Attorney’s Office,” the District Attorney Gascón said during the Jan. 30 rally at the Wat Thai Temple.

Those in attendance observed a moment of silence for AAPI victims of hate across the country.


Human Trafficking Prevention Campaign


It is a sad fact that Los Angeles County is one of the nation’s top destinations for human trafficking.

To end this tragic crime, the District Attorney’s Office is enlisting the help of government leaders, community activists, law enforcement personnel, the business community and members of the public to raise awareness about labor and sex trafficking.

In January, the Office, in conjunction with County Counsel, launched a public awareness campaign asking the public to report this crime so that traffickers may be held accountable, and their victims and survivors get the trauma-informed services they need.

The campaign includes an online human trafficking awareness toolkit that contains artwork and information in several languages for sharing. The toolkit may be found at http://da.lacounty.gov/victims/human-trafficking-resources.

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Thai Consul General Meets District Attorney


District Attorney George Gascón met with the Honorable Tor Saralamba, Consul General of Thailand in Los Angeles, on Jan. 26 at the Hall of Justice. During their visit, they discussed labor trafficking and hate crimes as they affect the Thai community in Los Angeles County.

District Attorney Investigators Conduct
Probation Compliance Searches


District Attorney Investigators with the Community Violence Interdiction Team conducted parole and probation compliance searches with the Whittier Police Department in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs. The Jan. 26. searches focused on individuals sentenced to Post Release Community Supervision as a condition of their release from jail.

Become a DA Investigator


Are you a law enforcement officer with investigative experience? Join the more than 200 District Attorney Investigators who work with Deputy District Attorneys in prosecuting crime in Los Angeles County. For more information, watch this video. To apply, visit http://da.lacounty.gov/employment.