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Friday, April 18, 2014

Judge Says Five Police Officers Lied Under Oath

Posted by on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 1:56 PM

The Chicago Tribune reports (non-paywall article on the same news here):

One by one, five police officers took the witness stand at the Skokie courthouse late last month for what would typically be a routine hearing on whether evidence in a drug case was properly obtained.

But in a "Perry Mason" moment rarely seen inside an actual courtroom, the inquiry took a surprising turn when the suspect's lawyer played a police video that contradicted the sworn testimony of the five officers — three from Chicago and two from Glenview, a furious judge found.

How often does this happen, one wonders, especially in cases without diligent defense lawyers? All five officers are veterans of the force. Now they've been stripped of their police powers, but not fired, the article explains. "There's strong evidence it was conspiracy to lie in this case, for everyone to come up with the same lie," said Judge Catherine Haberkorn. "Many, many, many, many times they all lied."


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Paywall. Can't see the article.
Posted by wut wat wot on April 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM · Report this
Collin 2
Wait, what?

How does this happen? Aren't both sides of the case entitled to all evidence before trial? Wouldn't the prosecutor have seen this tape and said, "Holy Shit. They're lying through their teeth," and either dismissed the case or made them come up with a better lie?
Posted by Collin on April 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM · Report this
@2 It was a police car dashcam video, which was obtained under subpoena. So, yeah someone dropped the ball big-time on the prosecution's side.
Posted by Henry on April 18, 2014 at 2:37 PM · Report this
@1: Don't have to pay; just sign up and you get five free articles a month.
Posted by bigyaz on April 18, 2014 at 2:53 PM · Report this
rob! 5
Wait, so you're saying dashcam/headcam video/audio is important for keeping police power in check and should be beyond the ability of actual police departments to destroy/alter/slow-walk/"lose" subpoenas for? Ridiculous! Officer Friendly would never do such things!
Posted by rob! on April 18, 2014 at 2:54 PM · Report this
rob! 6
(And congrats on your new exalted status, Ansel.)
Posted by rob! on April 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM · Report this
Someone should form a Police Police made up of citizens that patrol cities keeping an eye on the Police.
Posted by johnwasafisherman on April 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM · Report this
I was arrested and prosecuted for things I did not do (four typical contempt-of-cop charges) in 2009. When the prosecution saw my video of what happened, a video that the police tried to erase while I was in jail, a video that makes it very clear that the police officers falsified their reports, the prosecution added a second prosecutor to the case.

It went to jury trial in early 2011. All but one cop and one airport security guard were removed from the witness list. The cop, Officer Robert F. "Bobby" Dilley of the Albuquerque Aviation Police Department was one of the best liars I've ever seen operate. He was very smooth and believable on the stand. He's been the target of eight or so federal civil rights lawsuits, all but one (mine) settled out of court. Fortunately, the prosecution presented my video, the jury saw through the lies, and I was acquitted of all charges. Total cost of my legal defense: $34,000. Supporters chipped in about $9,000 of that. I'm still paying off the rest. It's money well spent. My lawyers were great. One of them is now representing Chelsea Manning in her appeal.

I filed a civil suit against all the involved parties about ten months after my acquittal. The judge dismissed the federal defendants in early 2013. The remaining defendants were dismissed last month. Next week, I'll file notice of appeal. The appeals process is likely to last until sometime next year.

You'd think perjury would be a career-ender for police. It's not.
Posted by Phil M http:// on April 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 9
Normally they just destroy those "accidentally"
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM · Report this
At least 2/5 of police officers everywhere, more in some places, lie as a matter of lazy routine in a lot of reports and on the stand. It is often pretty obvious, sometimes blatant. But police officers never never get criminally charged with perjury. Look, even in this case, they will get off, and it is the defendant who will have to pursue the matter in court. This judge is pathetic too. I'm sure she has knowingly allowed police officers to lie in her court hundreds of times. But this time, there was too much evidence, so she had to put on a show. The shame is that the prosecutors and the other 3/5 of the police who know about it do nothing, so they are just as guilty, but they go home at night pretending to themselves and others that they aren't.
Posted by cracked on April 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM · Report this
@8 It is hard to get people to understand that there are no repercussions for police who lie, and how routine it is for many of them to do so. This becomes very clear to those who have been victims, like you, or worked a lot in the courts. We simply don't want to accept how wildlycorrupt our law enforcement system is.
Posted by cracked on April 18, 2014 at 10:27 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 12
Hey, where's the cop-apologists on this one? Telling us all about how it's only a few bad apples?
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on April 18, 2014 at 11:15 PM · Report this
Canadian Nurse 13
@8: Thanks for your diligence in following up with your case. It's only by constant citizen legal struggle that there's any hope for change.
Posted by Canadian Nurse on April 19, 2014 at 7:19 AM · Report this
rob! 14
Ditto 11 & 13.

And the Chicago Tribune's sister paper describing the latest example of police-officer integrity on the Left Coast:
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews...
Posted by rob! on April 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM · Report this

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