L.A. police not charged in death at King-Harbor Hospital

Prosecutors say L.A. County officers did more than the King-Harbor staff to help woman get medical care.

By CHARLES ORNSTEIN
Los Angeles Times

July 17, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post

Los Angeles County prosecutors will not file criminal charges against the police officers involved in the now-infamous case of a woman who died after writhing untreated on the floor of Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, saying the officers tried harder than the hospital’s own nurses to get her care.

The county police officers ultimately arrested Edith Isabel Rodriguez, 43, on an outstanding warrant, deciding she would get better medical treatment in jail than at the hospital, Deputy Dist. Atty. Susan Schwartz wrote in a letter Monday to county Sheriff’s Capt. James Curtis.

The Sheriff’s Department homicide bureau had been investigating the conduct of the county officers because Rodriguez’s May 9 death occurred while in their custody.

“The evidence examined in the investigation shows the officers did not act recklessly or in a grossly negligent manner in assisting or arresting Edith Rodriguez,” Schwartz wrote. “On the contrary, the officers acted in a compassionate and professional manner by summoning medical assistance for Rodriguez….

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