*Here’s one we can attempt to wrap our collective brains around. But I’m here to tell ya, it won’t work.
According to the Daily Mail:
- Milton Olin Jr, 65, was fatally struck by a Los Angeles county sheriff’s patrol car December 8, 2013, as he rode in the bike lane in Calabasas
- Deputy Andrew Wood was returning from a fire call when he took his eyes off the road to type a work-related message on an electronic device
Now it has been determined that the officer will not be charged because he was answering a “work-related” text.
Charges will not be filed by California prosecutors against the sheriff’s deputy that got distracted by a message on his mobile device as he drove from a fire call and drifted into the bike lane when he attempted to answer it.
The deputy struck and killed cyclist Milton Olin, Jr., a prominent entertainment attorney and former executive of the online file-sharing service, Napster, with his patrol car on December 8, 2013.
Olin was 65.
In a letter released by prosecutors on Wednesday and cited by the Los Angeles Daily News Wood won’t be charged because he was acting within the course of his duties when typing into his computer, therefore criminal charges are not warranted.
Under the law, law enforcement officials are allowed to use electronic wireless devices while carrying out their duties.
Olin’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department and they have accused Wood of negligence. They have also started an online petition on Change.org demanding that charges be brought against the deputy. So far, more than 67,000 people have signed.
According to Daily Mail, Milton Olin was a husband and father of two. He was riding his bike in the 22400 block of Mulholland Highway at around 1pm on December 8, 2013, when Deputy Wood’s patrol car slammed into him.
This blatant double-standard says “driving while texting” for a cop is OK, but if you’re not a cop, its not OK. Isn’t the whole point of having a rule to NOT text while driving is because of the potential of killing someone? THIS COP KILLED SOMEONE!!!
DON’T YOU THINK THIS IS BULLSH*T?
I signed the Change.org petition. Won’t you join me?