Settlement with victim of disgraced officer approved by City Council (Sam Spital)

COMMENTARY BY ATTORNEY SAM SPITAL:

“A former SDPD Officer previously convicted of felony and misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, bribery and assault and battery by a police officer and sentenced for nine years in State Prison was reported on November 14, 2012 in the CBS online news to have been the perpetrator to several women victims, one of whom received a nearly ¾ million dollar settlement approved by the San Diego City Council. Among other chilling facts, this particular victim told about the officer stating he would let her go without a citation for a vehicular violation ‘if she showed her breasts and let him put his hand down her pants,’ at which point the former officer reached into her pants and touched her private parts. This traffic stop at 2:00 a.m. no doubt resulted in severe emotional distress to the victim and she will likely be scarred for a very long time. On the other hand, the former officer’s career in law enforcement is over and he no doubt regrets these improprieties; it is hoped he will consider his actions and strive to have remorse and rehabilitation for his crimes.”

–ATTORNEY SAM SPITAL

Officer investigated in hair pulling incident

Commentary by Sam Spital, San Diego Criminal Attorney:

“Fox news reported October 22, 2012 the San Diego Police Department is investigating an incident in which an officer was alleged to have pulled a woman’s hair as he tried to subdue her as she became hysterical in seeing her residence in flames as she arrived home. The article also referred to a previous incident in which the same officer was held liable in a civil action filed by a homeless advocate who was a victim of the officer’s unreasonable force.

No excuse justifies excessive force, whether by a private citizen or law enforcement. However, there may well be mitigating facts and circumstances in this case that helps to explain the officer’s conduct. I would reserve judgment, therefore, until all of the facts are known as far too often the media will report only what it knows at the time and upon further investigation there may be compelling evidence that defense counsel is able to develop. For a fair and balanced account, it would be preferred if the writer included in the article such a closing statement.”Sam Spital, Criminal Lawyer h