Video Shows Cops Lying. Film at 11.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Cops arrest a guy, claiming he spit on them and say that they didn’t do anything wrong to him at all. Video surfaces that shows the exact opposite. Guy is acquitted. Prosecutors defend cops, who will face no consequences at all for their lies.

A man charged with spitting on a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was acquitted of battery this week after his defense attorney produced video footage that jurors said contradicted testimony by deputies.

Several jurors said after the trial that deputies gave conflicting accounts of the October 2010 arrest of Steven Sartori and that the video did not show one of the deputies wiping away spit as she testified she had.

The video, they said, also showed the deputies using more force than they acknowledged on the stand.

“When we saw the video, it was completely inconsistent with what the deputies said,” said Sarah Valdez of Torrance, who works as a restaurant server. “I’m not going to say they should lose their jobs, but something should be done.”

If any of this surprises you, you haven’t been paying attention.

8 comments on this post.
  1. Artor:

    I strongly disagree with Sarah Valdez of Torrance. These cops assaulted an innocent man under the cover of their badges, then perjured themselves in court. They should never be trusted with authority again. Losing their jobs should just be the start of consequences for their reprehensible actions.

  2. Gregory in Seattle:

    If they testified under oath, then the cops are guilty of felony perjury. If the courts will not prosecute, then the judges should be thrown out on their asses for malfeasance and dereliction of duty.

    Yeah, yeah, I’m not holding my breath either.

  3. Didaktylos:

    Not lose their jobs? – they are ones who should be in jail. I also think that a policeman convicted of criminal misconduct on duty should not be segregated from the general prison population.

  4. Tualha:

    Possibly the defendant could file a civil suit for this or that. What would be nice would be if there were some way for someone other than the government to charge these assholes with perjury and whatever other crimes they committed. Maybe the government would, if the citizens turned up the heat enough. Maybe. More likely they’d just get fired at most, and then find jobs as cops elsewhere.

  5. jufulu:

    IANAL, could a defense attorney bring up a cops past fibs in order to impeach the cop’s testimony? Is there some kind of discovery that would make this possible? A cop is supposed to be an impeachable witness and it seems to me if they have a track record of not being completely truthful, it would have an impact on his job. Is this done already? Do judges and juries just ignore past history?

  6. Tualha:

    jufulu has a good point. If this worked consistently, their effectiveness as cops would be greatly reduced, which could lead to them losing their jobs and possibly having trouble finding other jobs. Question is, would the courts allow it.

  7. caseloweraz:

    “A man charged with spitting on a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was acquitted of battery this week…”

    Wait a minute. Spitting on someone is legally the crime of battery? How is this justified — on the basis that it is intended to spread disease, perhaps? It still seems far-fetched.

  8. caseloweraz:

    Always preview comments.

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