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Ms. Mildred K. O'Linn

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Manning & Kass
801 South Figueroa Street 15Th Floor
Los Angeles , California 90017
United States

Company Description: The firm specializes in transactional, litigation and advisory services for our clients in every area of the entertainment industry. Our attorneys have years of...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Executive Board
    American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
  • Original Legal Advisor
    American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
  • Legal and Technical Advisor
    Law Enforcement Television Network , Inc.


  • undergraduate degree , criminal justice
    Honors College
  • BS , cum laude
    Kent State University
  • Juris Doctorate
    University of Akron School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science degree , Criminal Justice
    Kent State
  • Juris Doctorate
    University of Akron , School of Law
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When police defense attorney ... [cached]
When police defense attorney Mildred O'Linn teaches a course on Critical Legal Issues in Law Enforcement, she urges her audiences to adopt a risk-management concept she calls the Custody and Care Timeline.
It's a method for officers to capture and document critical information when dealing with combative suspects who may be especially vulnerable to arrest-related or in-custody deaths. That includes those who are morbidly obese, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, mentally ill, in the throes of excited delirium, or subject to a high level of physical exertion while battling the police hand-to-hand.
"When a death occurs during or immediately after an arrest-related struggle with such a resistant person, there's typically a lot of information missing," says O'Linn, a partner with the Los Angeles law firm Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP. "Officers don't know or can't remember how long the fight lasted, how long the subject was down and handcuffed, when exactly the arrestee stopped breathing, and so on. This makes the officers' actions more difficult to defend in court because they appear negligent, indifferent, or unprofessional.
"In the death cases I've handled I would have given my left arm--and I'm left-handed--to have an established timeline of events to use to defend my officers."
The remedy, O'Linn believes, is to create what she calls "Motorola memory"--a recorded, time-coded thread of radio communication from the scene to dispatch that documents time markers during the contact. The transmissions may be handled by a first responder, a supervisor, or someone else designated to take responsibility for monitoring and documenting the incident.
"Using radio transmissions to create a timeline simplifies the process," O'Linn told Force Science News.
"With that kind of record," O'Linn says, "we bring greater precision to circumstances where we typically have conflict and confusion over what happened and when--in particular, things like how long the subject was proned out, how long officers were on top of the suspect, when the suspect was handcuffed, when they stopped struggling or breathing, when CPR was started, etc.
"Keying your mic and chronicling an audio 'custody and care' record as events unfold is much better in terms of accuracy and credibility than trying to compose a 'guesstimated' timeline from memory in a written report. It's amazing what officers don't remember afterward, and sometimes what they claim to remember is very distorted and inaccurate."
O'Linn suggests that after a subject is controlled, he should continue to be closely monitored, and the verbal log should be continued up to the point that he is turned over to medical personnel.
And, she advises, the timeline should be used in conjunction with well-practiced tactics for containing and controlling potentially vulnerable individuals.
For more information on Atty. O'Linn's training on the legal aspects of using force, contact her at: She is scheduled to attend the certification course in Force Science Analysis, scheduled for Dec. 9-13, 2013 in Las Vegas.
Use of Force Liability Update | Public Safety Training Institute, 1 Mar 2012 [cached]
Mildred K. O'Linn, Attorney at Law with Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP Post Certified Plan NA (8 CPT's) | Download the Flyer
Attorney Mildred K. O'Linn ..., 14 July 2013 [cached]
Attorney Mildred K. O'Linn with the Los Angeles office of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP will represent the city.
A former campus police officer at Kent State University, she is the second vice president of the local chapter of the California Association of Police Training Officers and a "recognized expert in the use of force," according to her biography on the firm's website.
O'Linn is currently representing the city in another federal civil rights case involving Jeremiah Banks, a convicted felon shot 10 times by Torrance police during two traffic stops in June 2011.
O'Linn said the city offered to do so immediately after the shooting. Sheahen countered the city wanted Perdue to also sign a release form saying he was of sound mind and body, which he said is clearly not the case given his injuries.
"The city was not asking him to give up any legal rights to sue them, they were trying to make it right that day," O'Linn said.
Attorneys on appeal were John Burton ..., 11 July 2012 [cached]
Attorneys on appeal were John Burton of Pasadena and Peter M. Williamson of the Woodland Hills firm Williamson & Kraus for the plaintiffs, and John R. Maley of Indianapolis and Mildred K. O'Linn of Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez LLP in Los Angeles for the defendant.
Law Office of John Burton, Pasadena, 27 July 2010 [cached]
Taser's lead attorney--Mildred K. O'Linn, a partner at Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez in Los Angeles--petitioned U.S. District Judge James Ware to either exclude the opinions and testimony or conduct a formal Daubert hearing.
O'Linn argued that Myers lacked the requisite qualifications and experience, and that his causation theories were not supported by scientific evidence.
Without Myers's testimony, O'Linn told the court, "Taser['s defense] is done, because plaintiffs' counsel has simply failed to produce anyone who could testify as to causation in this matter."
O'Linn argued that citing animal research failed to pass muster under Daubert.
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