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Cop Replies To Email While Driving And Kills Man, Will Not Face Charges

Prosecutors in California have declined to file charges against a sheriff’s deputy who struck and killed Milton Olin. Olin was a sixty-five-year-old prominent entertainment attorney and former chief operating officer of the online file-sharing service Napster.

Deputy Andrew Wood was distracted by his mobile digital computer and he allowed his patrol car to drift into the bike lane where he struck and killed the bike riding Olin.

From the Daily Mail Online:

Prosecutors said in a letter released Wednesday and cited by Los Angeles Daily News that because Wood was acting within the course of his duties when typing into his computer, criminal charges are not warranted.

Under the law, law enforcement officials are allowed to use electronic wireless devices while carrying out their duties.

The victim’s family have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department and accused Wood of negligence.

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One set of laws...

One set of laws for them and one set of laws for us? Or does that mean that cops are fair game if we see them riding a bike ? Why would anyone complain about that? Oh !!! I get it, riding over someone on a bike and killing them is wrong. Maybe that should be explained to the police, what? they know that and don't care and anyway Eric Holder says it is ok. Never mind.


The cop SHOULD NOT face criminal charges.

I'm serious. No one should face criminal charges for negligent homicide. Forcing taxpayers to pay for imprisoning someone doesn't remedy the damage he has done, and imprisoning him doesn't make the public any safer -- just poorer.

The PROPER remedy is a civil lawsuit to recover actual and punitive damages -- from the cop personally. The stupid California law does exempt cops, allowing them to use electronic devices in the car; it does not exempt cops from civil suits for damages caused by their negligence. I'd like to see EVERYONE treated the same way: exempt from criminal charges for accidental damage, but fully responsible for civil damages and possible punitive damages for gross negligence.

The "criminal justice" system is a disaster. The prisons are full of people who are no threat to anyone. If there's no victim, there should be no crime -- and if there IS a victim, the primary concern of the legal system SHOULD be compensation for the victim or his heirs -- not enriching the prison-industrial complex. Let the cop stay free - and make restitution payments to the family of his victim.

On the other hand, I do have some sympathy for the "shoot him on the spot" viewpoint. :)

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Agree with you, entirely

great points.

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Totally agree with you,

except for the "shoot him on the spot' veiwpoint. lol

shoot him on the spot

like in texas

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Will someone in the family step up. Arrest him or?

Just another eaxample...

of US "just us"!

This Is,,,,

straight up WHACK. SMDH.

break check!

time to start break checking. :P

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It is perfectly legal for a cop to kill us as long as they do it when they are in the act of trying to find information to throw some of us in jail!How else would they be able to protect & serve us?

More will die like this unfortunately

yeah. it pisses me off

i always see these guys looking at their laptop while driving.

Yes, typing into his computer was routine duty

And yes, operating his police cruiser was his course duty; BUT unless and until the legal defense of Deputy Andrew Wood can demonstrate how he was expected to do both at the same time, "while carrying out (his) duties", at the same speed he was traveling when he hit and killed the cyclist in that bike lane, then this case has a high probability of going well for the victim's family lawsuit against him in the appeals court, eh?

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

Why report this?

If Police are getting away with murder,

what are any of us going to do about it?

We'll talk. We'll discuss. We'll debate.

Someone will come up with legislation and present it to their local/state government.

And *poof* it'll be struck down.

*Poof* more laws will be made on you and I, without qualified immunity.

No Governor, President, Judge or former Police Chief will really do anything about this and I'll put $1,000 on that wager.

Move on, DP. The only thing an Officer will fear will be a rifle or pistol pointed at them.

Sorry to "mentally violate the NAP," but 99% of PO's/LEO's are more concerned about their career than our Rights.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

Protected Class

They're a protected class so laws (including killing people) don't apply to them.


I'm forwarding this Lions of Liberty article on to all of my on-the-fence friends. This is palpably disgusting.

Michael Nystrom's fists can punch through FUD.

Thank you

Thank you!

Which should excuse the cop from criminal charges, in this case.

I have no right to tell you that you can't use an i-phone to text while you're driving. Therefore the government has no right to make or enforce such a law. Therefore the cop should not face criminal charges for breaking it (and neither should anyone else.)

The proper remedy for such negligent homicide is a ginormous civil liability suit against the cop, personally.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

If I was caught distributing heroin

I wonder if my lawyer could use the "acting within the course of my duties" defense, if it was written into my job description.

I'm sure state and federal laws are always trumped by mere contracts, right?

that being said. this headline is sensationalized. he wasn't responding to an email. he was responding to an officer request, on the job, about the job, performing a police officer task. not some fsking email to his wife about what's for dinner as they would have you believe.

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Your subject isn't hypothetical; cops DO distribute heroin!

And it's pretty much the same "excuse" as this story.

And, regardless of what portion of "his duties" he might have been attending to, he most definitely was not attending to the immediate duty of piloting his vehicle.

Just as we like to say "one cannot serve two masters", one also cannot read (and type!) while driving, at least not effectively for either task.

Regardless of their "arguments", he was in the wrong and will be served with consequences, one way or another. By delaying the consequences, his "blue wall" is only making the eventual consequences more severe.

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I was about to weigh in

I was about to type with righteous outrage when I realized that the victim was an entertainment attorney.
So...there's that.


Why would his profession as an entertainment attorney make his death any less meaningful or worthy of outrage?

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Some people just have karma

Some people just have karma coming to them, and there's nothing you can do about it. He was going to get run over one way or another.


How do you know he was some sort of terrible person deserving of karmic death, simply because he wan an "entertainment lawyer" at some point?

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It's called a joke. Get a

It's called a joke. Get a sense of humor.

did you miss COO of Napster?


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