We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).
I’m slowly getting back in the saddle from a self-imposed blog summer vacay. Lots to catch you up on so let’s start with this tid bit of news.
Just a quick Orange is the New Black Lynwood Jail Edition update to say that my folks over at the Century Regional Detention Center aka Lynwood Jail tell me that former LAPD Officer Mary O’Callaghan has adjusted and is doing quite well.
O’Callaghan, an 18-year LAPD veteran, was sentenced to 36 months in jail back in July for assault by a peace officer under color of authority on Alesia Thomas in South Los Angeles. Thomas died after that assault. The video showed that neither Officer O’Callaghan or her colleagues were the slightest bit concerned about Thomas’ pleas for help. Many people felt that O’Callaghan should have been charged with felony murder or at the very least manslaughter as well as her Southeast Division co-workers.
However, the judge felt differently and so 36 months it was. I attended her sentencing and the judge allowed for the last 20 months of her sentence to be suspended, meaning she could be released within five months with good behavior and it looks like that might be the case.
From what I’m told O’Callaghan is loved by her fellow K-10 (high power and at-risk) inmates and has become quite the resident jailhouse lawyer giving away free legal advice to the girls.
Well good for her. If she keeps it up she might just make out on her projected release date of January 24, 2016. As I’ve said before, I truly feel that she is remorseful for what she did to Alesia Thomas. And we all know, O’Callaghan wasn’t the only person who should have been charged.
We’ll continue to bring you progress reports on O’Callaghan’s time behind the walls as we receive them.
O’Callaghan is one of a few cases we’re keeping an eye on involving police officers being charged for their role in near fatal and fatal shenanigans.
Next up, LAPD Officer Richard Garcia, 34, who has been charged with one count of felony assault for his role in the videotaped beating of Clinton Alford in South L.A.
We’re also keeping a watchful eye out for Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s decision regarding the two officers involved in the killing of Ezell Ford, also in South L.A–as we are told the case is still under review by her office.