Dave ChappelleThe attacker was subjected to four counts of battery and assault – all misdemeanors – after that Los Angeles‘s I wake up DA George Gascon announced that he will not pursue criminal charges.
On Thursday, Los Angeles District Attorney Mike Foer charged 23-year-old Isaiah Lee with battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to a stage area during a performance, and committing an act that delayed the event or interfered with the performer after he referred the embattled DA The case goes to the city attorney.
If convicted, Lee could face 18 months in county jail, but due to overcrowding and the COVID virus, he may never appear behind bars due to Gascon’s decision not to press charges.
Foer’s quick charges are in stark contrast to DA George Gascon, who made the decision not to pursue felony charges against Lee—despite the fact that Lee had a fake rifle with a folding knife on him when Chappelle rushed onto stage.
On Thursday, Los Angeles District Attorney Mike Foer (pictured) charged Isaiah Lee with battery and possession of a weapon with intent to assault.
On a Tuesday night, Lee ran onto the stage at the Hollywood Bowl, taping the knife hidden inside a pistol
Isaiah Lee, 23, ran onto stage on Wednesday and handed the knife hidden inside a pistol
When the charges were announced, Foer appeared to cast a shadow over the DA, saying “my office takes the protection of public safety very seriously.”
Gascon’s office – notorious for endorsing low-cash or cash-bonds – decided it was not following the most dangerous line of punishment and instead referred the case to Foer,
The Gascon office recommended a misdemeanor charge because “the evidence presented does not constitute criminal conduct,” according to ABC.
On Tuesday night, Lee ran onto the stage at the Hollywood Bowl, taping the knife hidden inside a pistol.
Chappelle, 48, was able to avoid him and was unharmed. Then the attacker was arrested at the scene, and taken to hospital with a broken arm.
There were immediate questions about security at the event and how the man could smuggle the gun.
Feurer’s charges are a stark contrast to DA George Gascon, (pictured) who quickly decided not to pursue felony charges against Lee
This is the weapon Isaiah Lee used to try to attack Chappelle on stage on Wednesday
Crime rates are on the rise in Los Angeles, along with many other cities in the United States
Chappelle has not yet responded to the decision.
Yesterday, he said via a delegate that he didn’t want the incident to overshadow a major event.
Celebrating four nights of comedy and music, Dave Chappelle achieved record sales for a Hollywood comedian Powell….and refused to allow last night’s incident to overshadow the magic of this historic moment.
“As unfortunate and disturbing as the incident was, Chappelle continued the show,” his representative said.
Netflix and The Hollywood Bowl said they are cooperating with the police investigation into what happened.
Gascon, 67, a former assistant chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, took over as the attorney general in the ultra-democratic city in December 2020 and immediately embarked on a progressive justice reform agenda.
He has been outspoken about his belief that the criminal justice system needs to focus more on intervention and rehabilitation, criticizing “hard on crime” policies as racist and a failure.
After his first 100 days in office, he promoted the changes he made to the city’s justice system — including limiting the use of sentencing reinforcements such as those lobbied against Hernandez.
California’s penal code contains more than 100 improvements that can add time to a convict’s sentence depending on the situation, most dating back to the time California was facing escalating crime in the 1980s and 1990s.
But under Gascon, use of these improvements has been greatly reduced, with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office strengthening 5138 during its first three months — a 71 percent drop compared to the same time a year earlier, when former Attorney General Jackie Kahn Lacey was in power, according to LAist.
Under Lacey, prosecutors filed 715 gun boosts between December 2019 and February 2020 under the state’s “10-20-Life” law, which adds 10 years to the sentence if you used a gun while committing a burglary or other crime.
The law also adds 20 years if the suspect unloads a gun, and 25 years if he wounds someone in the process.
But in Gascon’s first three months in office, prosecutors made just 106 gun reinforcements — a drop of 85 percent.