The widow of a murdered Los Angeles cop has filed a $25 million claim against LA County District Attorney George Gascón, alleging that the violent gang member who gunned her husband down should have been in jail.

Janine Paredes, whose 42-year-old husband Michael was one of two El Monte Police officers shot dead during a June firefight at a motel, filed the notice of claim Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The notice, which is the first step to filing a lawsuit, blames Gascón’s far-left criminal justice reform policies and the LA County probation department’s lax supervision for allowing the gunman, Justin Flores, to carry out the deadly rampage.

“A man like Michael deserved better,” Janine Paredes said during a Tuesday press conference.

“He deserved to be protected by policies and directives of the district attorney who had a legal obligation to ensure the safety not only of the public, but the people who serve the public. It’s time that Gascón is held responsible and accountable.”

Flores, who had his gang allegiance tattooed on his face, had multiple prior burglary and drug possession convictions to his name.

Michael Paredes
Janine Paredes’ 42-year-old husband Officer Michael Paredes was shot dead during a firefight at a motel in June.
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He was also on probation for a gun charge when Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana, 31, had confronted him at the motel while responding to reports of a stabbing.

“For reasons currently unknown and with overwhelming indifference, Justin Flores was allowed to continue his rampage of criminal violence against the unsuspecting people, including two dedicated police officers,” Paredes’ attorney Mark Peacock said in a statement.

“The District Attorney’s Office and the County Probation Department created an opportunity for an already violent man to take the life of Michael Paredes, a beloved husband, father, friend, son and police officer.”

Flores shot both officers in the head before fleeing the motel and engaging in a firefight with other officers in the parking lot, authorities said.

The suspect was also killed in the ordeal, but medical examiner’s records later showed he died of a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a suicide.

Justin Flores
Authorities say Justin Flores shot both police officers in the head before fleeing.

In the days after the shooting, the grieving families of the slain officers slammed Gascón — arguing Flores shouldn’t have been released on probation for the gun charge.

Critics also claimed Flores, who was sentenced to two years probation under a plea deal, would have been in prison if it weren’t the the DA’s refusal to file sentencing enhancements against defendants.

Gascón has repeatedly defended the sentencing, saying the plea deal was consistent with prior administrations.

A memorial for the two officers
Officers Paredes and Joseph Santana confronted Flores at a LA motel.

The DA’s office said it had not yet been informed that Paredes’s widow intended to file a lawsuit against them.

“Our hearts go out to the family of Sgt. Paredes. His tragic murder is a devastating loss to both his family, friends and the community he bravely served. We have nothing but empathy for those who are suffering,” a statement from the DA’s office said.

“We were not informed that Sgt. Paredes’s widow intended to file a lawsuit against our office. We have not reviewed the legal documents and cannot comment at this time. Again our heart goes out to the victims of this horrific tragedy.”

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