Appearances count and to all appearances District Attorney Steve Cooley’s office has allowed an 18-year- old Verdugo Hills High School student to languish in the Pitchess Detention Center despite the lack of evidence to protect LAUSD cops from a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.
Jeremy Marks has been locked up in the men’s jail for seven on charges of “attempted lynching” of an LAUSD Officer on “attempted lynching” charges with bail set at $155,000, far beyond the reach of his working class parents.
The weapon he supposedly used to threaten the officer was a cell phone on which he was shooting incident that started with the cop stopping a group of students because one of them was smoking.
Community activists led by Lydia Grant, who have long complained about harassment and abusive tactics by Robles and other LAUSD cops, rallied behind Marks just minutes after the incident and now the Congress on Racial Equality has gotten involved in this racially-tinged case.
The LA Weekly published a detailed account Thursday by reporter Katherine Russ who has tracked the case closely since September and Deputy Editor Jill Stewart wrote a preview of the story on the LA Weekly blog along with two videos students made of much of the incident.
Cooley may have been too busy running unsuccessfully for Attorney General to pay attention to how his prosecutors tried to coerce Marks into pleading out and serving seven years in prison and then cut it in half.
But he doesn’t have any excuse now. Come on, Steve, wake up and end the cover up of crime under the color of authority in which your office is complicit.
Or does it take the new Attorney General, Kamala Harris, to investigate your office..