LAPD whistleblower to speak at USD Sept. 23 Law enforcement consultant Robert T. Mullally, the whistleblower who exposed the mishandling by the LAPD of domestic violence complaints against their officers, will speak at The University of South Dakota on Sept. 23.
The speech, entitled "You Show No Remorse," will be about his experience exposing the LAPD cover-up. The speech is sponsored by the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership and will be held at 4 p.m. in Farber Hall on the Vermillion campus.
Mullally, a 1969 graduate of USD, was convicted in March of 2001 of criminal contempt and sentenced to 45 days in jail by a federal district judge for releasing sealed court documents to the media.
The documents reflected a pattern of domestic violence within the LAPD, and documented the LAPD's failure to investigate, prosecute and discipline officers engaging in brutal wife-beating and family violence. Mullally's actions prompted a story that was featured on 60 Minutes, and reported by Mike Wallace.
Mullally began serving his time in May of this year at the Oxford (WI) Correctional Institution, and has recently completed his sentence. According to experts, he is the first person ever to be incarcerated for violating a protective order in a civil case.
In serving his sentence, Mullally has served more time than all of the LAPD officers implicated for acts of domestic violence, many of whom remain officers in good standing to this day.
Mullally was born and raised in Pierre. While at USD, he majored in history and served as vice president of the student body, student senate president and student assistant to former President Ned Moulton, as well as editor of the summer Volante, co-editor of the Coyote, and editor of the USD Morning Newsletter.
In 1971, Mullally was appointed commissioner of personnel for the state of South Dakota by Gov. Richard F. Kneip. In 1977 he became director of personnel for the city of Salt Lake City, UT.
In 1985, he started his current consulting company, RTM Management Services, providing consultant and investigative services for attorneys and public and private sector organizations. Mullally is currently writing a book on his experiences.
The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership is designated by the South Dakota Board of Regents as a "center of excellence" at The University of South Dakota. The center hosts several Farber Forums annually, which are programs designed to offer students and the public insight into national and state politics, campaigns and elections, public administration, and international relations.
Past speakers at Farber Forums have included Colin Powell, President Gerald Ford and USD alumnus Tom Brokaw.