LAPD abuse scandal expert to speak at USD on April 4

LAPD abuse scandal expert to speak at USD on April 4 Robert T. Mullally, a human resources consultant based in Scottsdale, AZ, will speak on domestic violence involving the Los Angeles Police Department at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at The University of South Dakota.

His talk, titled "You Broke the Law," will be presented in Farber Hall of Old Main.

Mullally, originally of Pierre, was featured on the CBS news program 60 Minutes Feb. 13. The 60 Minutes news segment, which looked at alleged domestic abuse by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), included an interview of Mullally by Mike Wallace. Mullally discussed the LAPD and allegations he uncovered about domestic abuse and abuses of power within the department.

Mullally, a 1970 USD graduate, was hired by prominent Los Angeles attorney Greg Yates, also a USD graduate, who had in turn been hired by a victim's family to investigate a specific case of alleged abuse by a Los Angeles police officer. In his investigation, Mullally uncovered scores of alleged abuse cases involving Los Angeles police officers, who had not been prosecuted or even arrested. This case of "turning a blind eye to the badge" has received media attention nationwide.

As a result of his release of records to the public, Mullally may face a contempt of court charge and possible time in prison. A judge had stipulated that such files could not be made public.

Yates received a bachelor of arts degree in 1969 and a law degree (J.D.) in 1972 from USD while Mullally received a bachelor of science degree in history education from USD in 1970. While a student, Mullally served as vice president of the Student Association, president of the Student Senate and as student assistant to former USD President E.Q. Moulton. He also served as editor for The Volante student newspaper and the Coyote yearbook.

In 1971, the late South Dakota Governor Richard F. Kneip appointed Mullally personnel director for the state of South Dakota. Later he became the first commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Personnel in the reorganized executive branch in 1973. He left the Kneip Administration in 1977 to become director of personnel for the state of Utah.

In 1985 he started RTM Management Services, which provides consultative and investigative services for attorneys and public/private sector organizations. From 1987-91, Mullally was personnel director for the city of Rapid City. He moved to Los Angeles in 1992 where he became a human resources consultant and investigator. Since 1997, he has lived in Scottsdale, AZ, where he works as a human resources consultant.

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