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Video: LAPD Officer Convicted of Assault Spared Jail Time by Plea

May 23, 2017  | 

VIDEO: LAPD Officer Convicted of Assault Spared Jail Time by Plea

A Los Angeles police officer convicted of assault for kicking and punching a man during a South Los Angeles arrest caught on video was spared jail time at his sentencing on Tuesday after fulfilling his end of an agreement made with prosecutors.

Richard Garcia, 36, quietly struck the deal with prosecutors last year, pleading no contest to a felony charge of assault under color of authority. The district attorney’s office gave Garcia the opportunity to avoid jail and have his charge reduced to a misdemeanor if he completed community service, followed all laws, stayed away from the man he kicked and donated $500 to a charity by this week’s hearing.

Superior Court Judge William N. Sterling accepted the deal at a hearing in a downtown L.A. courtroom and allowed Garcia to withdraw his plea to the felony and enter a new no-contest plea to a misdemeanor assault charge.

The plea deal angered activists and community leaders who have pressed Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey to toughen up on police officers accused of using too much force, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Garcia faced up to three years in jail if he had been convicted of the felony assault charge. He is still employed by the LAPD, though he has remained at home, away from work, pending a disciplinary hearing. His termination from the agency is expected.


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Terry @ 5/23/2017 4:51 PM

Sure is funny when a criminal makes a plea deal it's great. Criminals like that revolving door in our criminal justice system. But when a cop makes a plea deal the activists and community leaders are angered. Maybe you should be more angered by the criminals that are constantly set free when they should be in jail.

Robert @ 5/24/2017 8:27 AM

I can understand that the plea deal angered activists and community leaders, however whether this was an officer or some other joe blow, attorneys usually work out the same deals. There are many general people out there convicted of assaults, more than once and never see jail time. Just saying!

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