Pomona public defender Chrashawn Jackson knew that if she wanted to create a grassroots program to cut through the blight of human trafficking in her hometown, there was only one way to do it–by walking into the Blade.The approximately 1-mile stretch of Holt Ave. in Pomona is one of several infamous corridors of prostitution and human trafficking in Southern California.

The union representing Los Angeles County deputy district attorneys sued District Attorney George Gascón on Wednesday to stop him from dropping sentence enhancements and other dramatic changes that have defied state law according to rank-and-file prosecutors.

The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court, is the most public expression of backlash against Gascón within his own office since being sworn in Dec.