Los Angeles DA George Gascón has failed Dave Chappelle... and so many more people with his policies.
Close to a week after Isaiah Lee ran up on-stage and tackled Dave Chappelle while he performed at the Hollywood Bowl, you'd think that DA George Gascón would have done the right thing holding Lee accountable for his actions and would even make an example of Lee to future offenders... but that did not happen.
On Friday, the office of George Gascón said that they would not have been able to prosecute Lee on a felony charge because the video of the attack does not show Lee using the knife he was carrying, during the attack.
“Our office also could not charge Mr Lee with a felony of carrying a concealed weapon. Filing that charge would only be allowed if the blade is locked in an open position. It does not appear that Mr Lee opened the knife at any time during this incident,”
Greg Risling, a spokesperson for the DA's office, told the NY Post.
“It would be unethical to charge someone with a felony when the elements of the statute are not met.”
The lawyer of Dave Chappelle told the NY Post that the comedian is "upset" with the DA for not hitting him with felony charges.
Gabriel Colwell told the NY Post,
“It’s a travesty of justice that DA Gascòn is refusing to prosecute this case as a felony,”
He continued by saying:
“The City Attorney, who filed the case, is doing his job but DA Gascón should also do his job and charge this as a felony.”
“This was a violent assault that was perpetrated on an unsuspecting entertainer while he was giving a show in front of thousands of people at the historic Hollywood Bowl,”
“The idea that [Lee] had a deadly weapon on him — one that was a replica of a handgun that had a knife — that is a violent assault.”
23-year-old attacker Isaiah Lee plead not guilty to four misdemeanor counts for his attack on the comedian.
Lee was carrying a fake gun with a retractable blade.
Colwell also said:
“Entertainers in LA need to know this is a justice system that will protect them. There is no question here that when someone is violently assaulted by another in possession of a deadly weapon that it should be charged as a felony.”