FOX 11 recently turned to Attorney Mark Haushalter for his insight on the latest
developments in the ongoing Ezell Ford case. A former prosecutor, Attorney
Haushalter shared his doubts that the two LAPD officers involved in the
controversial 2014 shooting would be criminally charged.
Appearing with Legal Analyst Areva Martin, Attorney Haushalter examined
the particular predicament that District Attorney Jackie Lacey faces with
the Ford case. "First of all, it's extremely difficult to convict
police officers... nine out of ten times, a defense attorney is going
to win this cases," Haushalter said. Haushalter also noted that public
pressure from activists and protesters probably will not factor in a decision
to prosecute the officers. "She [Lacey] is not going to make her
charging decisions based on civil rights groups or protesters. So that
time period [the two years since the shooting] is a cooling off time period."
In August 2014, 25-year-old Ezell Ford was walking through Florence, Los
Angeles when two police officers conducted an "investigative stop."
The two officers, Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, claim that Ford
was in a "gang area" and was acting suspiciously. There are
conflicting accounts of the altercation that ensued, but according to
the officers, Ford reached for an officer's weapon and, in return,
they opened fire on him. Ford was unarmed and there has been a public
outcry for officials to hold Wampler and Villegas accountable for his death.
Attorney Haushalter also pointed out another factor possibly affecting
the decision not to prosecute the officers: retaliation. Wampler and Villegas
have filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming that their careers have
suffered due to their involvement in the shooting.
"[If] All of the sudden, Jackie Lacey comes out of nowhere and charges
them with murder... we have a retaliation by the District Attorney's
office and the District Attorney's office has just bought a lawsuit,"
You can watch the entire discussion—and more of Attorney Haushalter's
insight—here at the FOX 11 website.
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