Yes, even police officer’s can be charged with a crime! Last week, a former police officer for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) was arrested and extradited back to California where he will face charges of murder in Alameda County. On New Year’s morning, the officer was on duty and was responding to a fight that had broken out on one of the BART trains when he allegedly shot an un-armed passenger in the back . The victim was laying on the floor and it does not appear that such lethal force was in any way necessary!
Shortly after the incident, video of the shooting was widely viewed on the internet and the police officer resigned. Surprising as it may seem, police officers are charged with crimes that arise out of on-duty shooting incidents every year. However, most are usually convicted of a lesser charge or are acquitted.
It will definitely be interesting to see how this officer’s case is handled. Wallin and Klarich will be monitoring this very closely over the next few months. Call Wallin and Klarich today if you or a loved one needs help with any California criminal defense matter. Wallin and Klarich has been in the business of helping people in their time of need with their criminal matters for over 30 years and we would like to help you with yours!