Jurors who will decide the fate of a Los Angeles policeman charged with murdering an unarmed tow truck driver were told Tuesday that the case is an aberration, not an indictment of all police officers.
"It's about one man who broke the law," Deputy Dist. Atty. Kathy Mader said in her closing argument. "Ninety-nine percent of the time the police and the district attorney's office work hand in glove. This case is an aberration."
Los Angeles Police Officer Douglas Jay Iversen, 44, is accused of shooting John Daniels, 36, at a gas station in South-Central Los Angeles on July 1, 1992, two months after the Los Angeles riots.
While the defense contends that Iversen shot Daniels to keep him from running down pedestrians, Mader argued that all eight eyewitnesses said pedestrians were never in danger.