White powder, antisemitic message sent to office of Gascón recall campaign

No injuries were reported after an office where organizers were working on the recall of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón received a suspicious package.

The floor at the office block on the 11800 block Olympic Boulevard in Sawtelle was temporarily closed by Hazmat and Fire Departments. Volunteers involved with the recall campaign were then moved to another floor.

KTLA was informed by a volunteer that they will continue to count their signatures despite the hate mail.

Around 4 p.m. Thursday, Tim Rosales, co-lead strategist for the Recall Gascón campaign, was sitting in the room next door when he heard the commotion and saw a petition that looked different from the thousands of others they’ve collected.

“Volunteer was opening up the petitions we got in the mail and one had white substance got all over everything, and got all over the volunteer,”Rosales said it to KTLA.

The office received an envelope containing a white powder unidentified. It also contained swastikas as well as an anti-semitic message. “please send your petition to Adolf Hitler [expletive].”

“We have no idea what the intention was or motivation behind it,” Rosales said. “We just turned everything over to the LAPD.”

Rosales confirmed that everyone in direct contact was tested. However, Rosales stated that all the volunteers were healthy and many went back to counting the petitions from the top floor.

Investigators claimed late Thursday night that the substance had been identified as baking soda. It is still not known who it was from. Police said that the investigation continues.

The recall efforts against Gascón have intensified in recent days. Just last week, two El Monte police officers were gunned down by a criminal some believe should have been behind bars if not for the DA’s policies. Gascón has defended his practices, saying the suspect had no history of violent crime before the shooting.

As of right now the recall effort is growing and organizers claim that they have collected more signatures than the 566,000 required, but the campaign states that more are being collected.

“Right now, we feel like momentum and passion is on the side of those who want a recall, but certainly there are people who have bad intentions,” Rosales said.

Gascón’s office has not commented on the incident at this time.

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