Los Angeles DA Gascon Refuses to Press Felony Charges Against Dave Chappelle’s Attacker

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has decided not to file felony charges against Isaiah Lee, the man who assaulted comedian Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl on May 3rd. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office‘s statement on the matter stated that instead of filing felony charges, it has referred the case to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office to consider filing misdemeanor charges against Lee. From CBS Los Angeles:


“After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined that while criminal conduct occurred, the evidence as presented did not constitute felony conduct,” the DA’s office said in a statement. “The District Attorney’s Office does not prosecute misdemeanor crimes within the city of Los Angeles.”

Lee jumped on stage during Chappelle’s set Tuesday, May 3rd, tackling the comedian. Lee was swiftly separated from Chappelle by security and others, including Jamie Foxx, and escorted backstage. Lee is reportedly still in jail on $30,000 bail.

Gascón‘s decision against filing felony charges is curious. Although not used during the attack, Lee was armed with an imitation pistol containing a real knife positionable for use from the fake gun’s barrel by pulling the trigger, as shown here. How possessing such a weapon does not amplify the attack’s seriousness above a legal tsk-tsk is, as the King of Siam famously said, a puzzlement.

Gascón, who is to defending the public against criminals what Gaston was to literary appreciation, is at least consistent with this latest pathological inability to prosecute. We are talking about the man a convicted gang murderer called a “hero.” Gascón agreed to a plea deal with a man who sexually assaulted a 10-year-old.

Multiple Los Angeles County cities have passed “no confidence” measures against Gascón. A second recall effort against him believes it will have sufficient signatures to place the matter on this November’s ballot. Multiple other examples of Gascón’s feckless pandering to the mollycoddling criminals cult have been chronicled here on RedState and elsewhere.


A point worth raising is that as part of his attempts at justifying his actions (or lack thereof), Gascón has often referenced his desire to make the judicial system less oppressive for minorities. This does belay the whole “justice is blind” dictum, but I digress. Unless I’m mistaken, Dave Chappelle is a minority and one widely celebrated within the black community for his NFG attitude. Refusing to properly prosecute Chappelle’s attacker greatly risks directly alienating the societal segment Gascón claims to champion. Not that we should stop him from doing so.

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has yet to announce what, if any, charges will be filed against Lee. In the meanwhile, one wonders if Gascón is trying to figure out how he can charge Donald Trump for the crime.


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