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Sacramento DA Dismisses 79 Cases Following Officer Misconduct

In an unprecedented move, Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully announced this morning the dismissal of 79 cases over a three year period where a former Sacramento Police Department officer was the primary witness.

The dismissal of the cases are the result of an investigation that revealed Sacramento Police Department Officer Brandon Mullock submitted written reports that did not match video captured on his patrol in-car camera. 76 of the cases are DUI’s and the other six include minor drug offences, petty theft and domestic violence.

During the news conference Scully said the investigation started after a defense attorney found inconsistencies between written reports Mullock produced and video in DUI case. “That triggered the question ‘Is that the only case where Mullock blew it,’” Scully said.

Following an investigation of over 200 cases where Mullock was involved, it was found there were 79 cases with significant inconsistencies. “Ethically we could not proceed with these cases,” Scully said.

Scully noted that while she believed many of the DUI convictions were legitimate, the officers credibility was compromised to the point where a jury would not likely find for the prosecution. “Our goal is just not to seek conviction,” she added.

When asked about potential criminal prosecution of Mullock, Scully declined comment saying there is an on-going investigation bein conducted by the Sacramento Police Department.

All 73 cases will be formally dismissed at 1:30 this afternoon in Department 9. the other six have already be dismissed.

While Scully condemned Mullock’s actions calling him an “aberration,” she noted most officers’ serve with honor and integrity. “Every once in while there is a bad apple,” she concluded.

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