Los Angeles Police Department

Veteran LAPD detective sharply criticized plea deal for firefighter in Halloween assault case

Veteran LAPD detective sharply criticized plea deal for firefighter in Halloween assault case

One of the Los Angeles Police Department’s top investigators sharply criticized a plea deal given to an off-duty city firefighter who choked a man unconscious, and he asked a judge to view video of the violence before sparing the defendant jail time, according to court records.

Det. Tim Marcia, a longtime member of the LAPD’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division, told the judge he had never seen a case “with the evidence and the physical injuries” like those inflicted on 24-year-old Samuel Chang result in a misdemeanor plea, according to a transcript of the May sentencing of...

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