Gabriel San Roman
OC DA Todd Spitzer Clears Santa Ana Cops in Arrest Turned Homicide
Updated: Aug 13, 2020
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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