OC DA Todd Spitzer Clears Santa Ana Cops in Arrest Turned Homicide
Updated: Aug 13
In defeating Orange County district attorney Tony Rackauckas last November, Todd Spitzer begins his tenure by carrying on his predecessor’s legacy–at least where it concerns investigations of officer-involved deaths. Towards the end of his 20 years as DA, Rackauckas introduced a new disclosure policy where body-worn camera footage and other videos would be released, when possible, at the end of an officer-involved shooting or in-custody death probe. Spitzer continues that policy with the death of Terrall Magee following a rough arrest by Santa Ana policemen a year ago.
The OCDA’s office made body camera footage public this week after clearing police of any wrongdoing in the officer-involved death–another hallmark of T-Rack’s tenure, save for the Kelly Thomas exception.
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