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More Police Lying on Reports

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A police officers thinks a van contains someone who stole a credit card from her husband. So the police converge on the van and try to trap it in, but this officer intentionally pushes the van in to another police vehicle and the officers in that vehicle jump out and open fire on the guy in the van and shoot him in the stomach and the arm.

The female officer who pushed them into the van then lies to police investigators and says that the van was trying to get away and rammed into the police cars intentionally — not knowing, of course, that there was surveillance video from the store that proves she was lying. The suspect? He was charged with attempted murder of a police officer. Those charges have now been dropped, but he’s still facing charges of fleeing and eluding. Here’s the worse part:

But the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, asked by OPD to investigate potentially fatal police shootings, found evidence that was “inconsistent” with some of the officers’ sworn statements.

The FDLE forwarded its findings to the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office, which dropped charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and other serious felonies that could have led to life sentences. Prosecutors have decided to take no action against the officers.

The officer lied on a police report and lied to investigators. The video clearly shows that. Her career should be over, permanently. Instead, she’ll get no punishment at all.

Comments

  1. D. C. Sessions says

    Once again: I want to see what happens when this officer is testifying in court. Does the Defense get to introduce her record of lying in official records?

  2. says

    DC-

    Frankly, I don’t think there should ever be another case where she gets to testify in court. If you’re a police officer and you’re caught lying on a police report, you should be fired. Period. You cannot be trusted with the power given to police officers under any circumstances.

  3. unbound says

    I agree completely agree with Ed. She should be fired immediately. I know most people defend everyone in their group, but the Attorney General’s office is supposed to be above those frays.

    Then again, I think this is the same area of Florida that handled the Casey Anthony trial…so it may just be normal incompetence for them…

  4. says

    I’d say that officer should be the one charged with attempted murder. It was her criminal action that led to someone being shot, and last I heard, if you’re committing a crime, you’re considered responsible for any deaths that happen as a result of that crime.

  5. Michael Heath says

    Attorney Generals are generally elected rather than appointed. When coupled to conservative political dominance when it comes to law and order we can safely and confidently predict a police force who can abuse the public with impunity, except of course tribes within the conservative movement.

  6. AndrewD says

    Ed,
    This is one of the reasons all fatalities involving the Police, in the UK, are investigated by an independent authority. There were cases in the past of cover-ups after a police caused death. We do have some problems with the IPCC-slow investigations, the need to use a second police force to do the investigation, and recently insnsitivity to victims relatives, but it is an improvement on what happened in the past.

  7. bmiller says

    Micheal Heath’s comment outlines very clearly why the “anti-bog-government” bonafides of the Tea Party Movement are so ridiculous. They LOVE them some big gubmint, as long as thegovernment largess is limited to payments to “faith-based” scams, police, military spending, and those oh so powerful FREEDUM Scooters.

  8. schism says

    The suspect? He was charged with attempted murder of a police officer.

    Good lord. What else qualifies as “attempted murder,” I wonder? Looking a cop in the eyes? Existing within twenty feet? Pointing a camera phone at a cop is probably considered genocide.

  9. Francisco Bacopa says

    That settles it. The trip to Disney World is off. I don’t want to get shot and framed for murder by the Orlando PD.

    Write all the members of the city council and tell them that. Write Disney and tell them that.

  10. says

    This looks like a pattern:

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Video showing a woman (Jessica Asprilla) being pushed down some stairs by a police officer (Fernando Trinidad) that led to a battery charge against the woman has prompted calls for charges against the officer.

  11. says

    And here is the kind of thing that happens every single day in America, but when there are no cameras, the corrupt cops get away with it:

    http://www.orlandoforums.com/forum/lobby/153410-police-harassment-orlando-police-tried-frame-me.html#post2070808

    Every piece of this story, except the planted drugs, is instantly recognizable to me from an assortment of personal experience with cops during my lifetime. And if this guy actually tried to pursue a complaint against these officers, they’d ruin his life.

    Besides the bind they put you in with demands to conduct an illegal search (just try saying no) one thing that jumped out at me is that part abouT answering the officers’ questions honestly and repeatedly being told that you’re digging a whole with your mouth after they demand that you speak–being called a “wise guy” when you answer questions absolutely honestly and sincerely. You’re abused and humiliated by some low-IQ, knuckle-dragging animal with a badge, and you just have to take it. You cannot win without audio-video recording, and even then there’s a good chance you can’t win.

    On a broader level, though, all of us can hammer these creeps relentlessly on the internet, swamping their objections to characterizations of their corruption, with damning evidence and ceaseless public pressure. They know exactly how they behave, which makes their whining about negative public attitudes toward the police laughable. Just because they can bully people into compliance face-to-face, they seem to imagine that they can actually make people afraid to think bad thoughts about the police. It doesn’t work that way.

    I think I mentioned here a couple of years ago that in the days when the internet was first exploding, I waged an all out war on local police where I lived at the time, anonymously online, garnering pressure locally and from all over the country. At the time, this kind of thing was new and they’d didn’t know what hit them. It was massively successful, and in the end, cops were indicted, the chief lost his job when his contract was up and the department underwent major reforms that are palpable today in everyday interactions with their officers. The cops now actually seem like very decent guys in their interactions with the general public, and as far as I know they’ve been every bit as effective in dealing with crime. I wouldn’t be surprised if they are actually more effective now. The change was like night and day.

    Pressure can work.

    We are the good guys.

  12. says

    About the only things missing from that story is that the dashboard video was accidentally deleted and a bystander, who shot video of the incident with his cam-phone was charged with incitement and beaten with a nightstick. That’d be a perfect “10 out of ten little piggies” score.

  13. says

    If you’re a police officer and you’re caught lying on a police report, you should be fired.

    For starters. Obstructing justice and potentially perjury would probably be good, but only because “a good beating” is capital punishment and we’re already going too far with that.

  14. jnorris says

    Police officers lying on an official police report is a felony. they should first be fired and then prosecuted.

  15. Tim Holt says

    Michael Heath

    September 14, 2011 at 10:44 am (UTC -5)

    Attorney Generals are generally elected rather than appointed. When coupled to conservative political dominance when it comes to law and order we can safely and confidently predict a police force who can abuse the public with impunity, except of course tribes within the conservative movement
    —————————
    What spew! These are union puke liberals! Get your facts straight before posting such bilge.

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