The fractious Contra Costa County District Attorney’s race continued today with a fire-breathing press release from the Concord Police Officers Association.
The Concord police union says candidate Dan O’Malley “disrespected” them when he was quoted in this blog and the Contra Costa Times saying that many prosecutors and law enforcement officers don’t understand some of the intricacies of victims rights.
“Criminal defense attorney Dan O’Malley is the last person we need to take advice from,” the union wrote. “On his law firm’s website, Mr. O’Malley advertises as follows: “If you have been arrested or charged with domestic violence or spousal abuse . . . [t]he attorney’s at O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley . . . will vigorously defend you to make sure your rights are protected.”
Read the full release below.
O’Malley called the move more piling on orchestrated by his opponent, Mark Peterson, and Mary Jo Rossi, the campaign consultant that works for Peterson and the Concord police union. Peterson has consistently campaigned as a career prosecutor, while repeatedly reminding voters that O’Malley has been a private defense attorney who represented those accused of crimes for the past decade.
The Concord police union has endorsed Peterson over O’Malley, although it is the sole law enforcement union in the county to prefer Peterson.
“It’s ironic that unrelated to me or our conversation, a couple of weeks ago, the brass at Concord police asked the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office to conduct some training on the intricacies of domestic violence and human trafficking,” O’Malley said. “And the folks over at STAND Against Domestic Violence hold special training for law enforcement every year for this very reason. It doesn’t mean the police are doing a bad job. It means that the intricacies of being a victim and the support system that the victim needs is so complicated that we have to do training over and over.”
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The Concord Police Officers Association, the largest municipal police officer association in Contra Costa County, takes serious exception to Criminal Defense Attorney, and District Attorney Candidate, Dan O’Malley’s recent comments. In his shameless attempt to get himself elected, Dan made this outrageous claim to the Contra Costa Times: “[M]any law enforcement officers and seasoned prosecutors don’t understand the subtleties of the larger issue [of violence upon women] . . . [W]e should be teaching the batterers not to batter. We should not blame the victim.”
Criminal Defense Attorney Dan O’Malley is the last person we need to take advice from. On his law firm’s website, Mr. O’Malley advertises as follows: “If you have been arrested or charged with domestic violence or spousal abuse . . . [t]he attorney’s at O’Connor, Runckel & O’Malley . . . will vigorously defend you to make sure your rights are protected.”
The Concord Police Officer’s Association takes serious exception to Mr. O’Malley’s comments. They’re disrespectful to all the dedicated law enforcement officers in this county, who work tirelessly, to ensure that all victims are treated fairly. Victims’ rights enjoy a top priority in every one of our criminal investigations. Through domestic violence programs, by working with STAND and with other victim outreach groups, and through ongoing communication with the victims we serve and protect, we do understand the “subtleties” of this issue.
The Concord Police Officer’s Association has endorsed Deputy District Attorney Mark Peterson for District Attorney. He’s proven his passion for protecting victims’ rights, through 25 years of dedicated service. Now, more than ever, our law enforcement officers need his type of dedication to public service. What we don’t need is more meaningless chatter, from Mr. O’Malley, in his brazen effort to get himself elected.
Please join us, on November 2nd, in voting for veteran prosecutor Mark Peterson, for our next District Attorney.