An envelope containing unknown white powder and hate symbols was mailed to one of the campaign offices to call back Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, a spokesperson for the group confirmed.
Tim Lineberger, a spokesman for Recall Gascon, said the envelope was sent to the office in one of the return petition envelopes on Thursday, prompting an evacuation of staff.
Inside was a white powdery substance, and swear words and swastikas were trailing around, Lineberger told the Post.
The LAPD was immediately called and responded with its hazmat and bomb disposal squads, Lineberger said.
LAPD Bureau spokesman Matthew Cruz said the agency received the call around 4 p.m. from a “report of an unknown powder.”
Tim Rosales, from the Rappel Gascon campaign, tweeted a picture of the envelope with white powder spread on a table.
“White powder and hate speech symbols were just found in one of our #RecallDAGeorgeGascon return petition envelopes,” Rosales said. “Authorities have been notified and we are making sure our amazing volunteers are okay. There are a few bad/sick people there.
Seven volunteers and staff were in the office when the envelope was opened, Lineberger said.
“Everyone is fine,” Lineberger said. “This is a very crucial moment (in the recall campaign) and we are wasting hours, but of course our first concern is with our staff and volunteers.”
Lineberger said the office has received hate mail before, but never powder or racist remarks until today. Those in the office were asked to leave while officers in hazmat suits examined the substance, he said.
No injuries have been reported so far.
The recall effort against Gascon has gained momentum in recent weeks as anger mounts over his soft-on-crime policy. He was recently criticized for reaching a plea deal in 2021 on a firearms charge with a man that only resulted in probation. Earlier this month, this man, William Flores, shot and killed two El Monte police officers.
To be on the ballot, a total of 566,857 signatures — 10% of Los Angeles County’s total registered voters — must be submitted to the LA County Clerk’s Office by July 6.
Petitions must be mailed by Friday or returned to a Recall Gascon office by June 30, the campaign said on its website.