A huge LAPD police union is going scorched earth on the Los Angeles District Attorney after he decided NOT to charge Jaxson Hayes with a felony, following the arrest of the New Orleans Pelicans star in July.
“George Gascon‘s latest criminal’s first airball puts a target on the back of every police officer in Los Angeles,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League tells TMZ Sports.
The LAPPL — which reps over 9,000 cops in L.A. — continued, “Gascon’s refusal to prosecute Jaxson Hayes for violently attacking and injuring an officer during his n-word laced tirade is nothing more than a declaration that it’s open season to attack cops and it’s shameful.”
The union is livid that Gascon’s office decided against charging Hayes with any felonies … despite the fact he seemingly pushed an officer on video.
FYI, Gascon is a polarizing figure. His critics have accused him of being soft on crime … and failing to protect law enforcement officers.
Still, Hayes isn’t totally out of the water criminally … it’s still possible the city attorney could levy a misdemeanor charge(s) against Jaxson.
We broke the story, 21-year-old Hayes — the 8th overall pick in the 2018 draft — was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer after Jaxson got physical with a cop who was investigating a domestic violence call after Hayes’ GF allegedly said she was scared her hooper BF was going to physically harm her.
Police released body camera footage … and it seems Hayes pushed an officer, injuring him in the process, according to LAPD.
What happened next has caused some controversy.
Cops eventually got Hayes to the floor, but the struggle continued. An officer deployed his taser at least once. At one point during the arrest, Hayes said he couldn’t breathe.
As a result, LAPD launched an investigation to determine if excessive force was used. That investigation is still ongoing.
As for the LAPPL, they weren’t done … they also went in on the NBA for failing to discipline Hayes, or condemn his actions.
“As for the NBA, their silence is deafening when it comes to one of their players assaulting an officer and thwarting a domestic violence investigation. Apparently, their policy on preventing domestic violence was created more for SportsCenter than it is to actually hold its players accountable. Real classy.”
We reached out to the DA’s office … but they declined comment.
We also reached out to the NBA. So far, no word back.
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