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3 LAPD officers say they didn't lie under oath

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Three current and former Los Angeles Police Department officers accused of lying in court during a drug possession case pleaded not guilty today to perjury and conspiracy charges.

The charges rely heavily on video footage that appears to sharply contradict the testimony the officers gave about their arrest of Guillermo Alarcon at his East Hollywood apartment complex. But lawyers for the officers said the video was edited and omits key portions of the arrest that would have shown that their clients told the truth in court.

“We intend to prove that it was either deleted or purposely altered,” said defense attorney Robert Rico.

The drug charge against Alarcon was dismissed last year and a judge declared him “factually innocent” after his defense attorney produced the video during trial.

Two of the officers had testified that they saw Alarcon throw an object that split open to reveal crack and powder cocaine. The quality of the tape is poor but shows a group of officers searching for more than 20 minutes before one announces that drugs have been found.

Defense attorney Ira Salzman said the video missed his client picking up narcotics immediately after the arrest.

“That’s the perils of videotape testimony,” he said. “The video doesn’t tell the entire story.”

—Jack Leonard

Photo: Los Angeles police officers Manuel Ortiz, second from left, Evan Samuel, center, and Richard Amio, second from right, listen to Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner Donald S. Kennedy as they are arraigned on perjury and conspiracy charges. With them are Ortiz's attorney, Paul De Pasquale, left, and Amio's attorney, Robert Rico, right.

Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

 
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yeah sure pigs. Their all dirty and deserve to be with bubba in jail.

Cops lie all the time, didn't the LAPD recently get the FBI of of them cause of all that dirt the PD is doing. It's the entire Police Department not only the Los Angeles PD.

You see folks ...
these public funded employees can have attorneys put forth the claim of "deleted or purposely altered" evidence...
the non-public person who claims evidence was deleted or purposely altered in an orange county courthouse you cannot get assigned attorney to interview witnesses to expose court justice crimes...
the non-public person demanding correction can even have a local civil rights activist to correct injustice and the assigned attorney won't follow through to expose the crimes of other court officials...
when its the public funded court employee going along with deleted altered and/or tampered with evidence ...what's the difference ?

You see folks ...
these public funded employees can have attorneys put forth the claim of "deleted or purposely altered" evidence...
the non-public person who claims evidence was deleted or purposely altered in an orange county courthouse you cannot get assigned attorney to interview witnesses to expose court justice crimes...
the non-public person demanding correction can even have a local civil rights activist to correct injustice and the assigned attorney won't follow through to expose the crimes of other court officials...
when its the public funded court employee going along with deleted altered and/or tampered with evidence ...what's the difference ?

I hope the justice system treats them well.

Victor; your wrong! Cops do NOT lie all the time. Most are dedicated to doing the very best for the public they can during times that have shown little or no respect for the dangers they face. Furthermore, every time a bad cop is prosecuted, it puts a stigma on all other officers, deserved or not. If these three are found guilty, I hope they get the maximum sentence possible, not just for committing the crime under the color of the authority they held, but because they just scre*wed all other law enforcement agencies as well.

Cops don't intentionally lie but misreport. Again the bad guys got away. Why don't they target me? I haven't been arrested my entire life. Your behavior and actions usually triggers suspicion.

If you've ever been to traffic court and questioned a police officer, CHP officer, or Sheriff's deputy, you'd know cops have no problem lying under oath to convict you. I suppose you can extrapolate this to other cases. Cops don't like to lose or be challenged- ever heard of "contempt-of-cop"?

Indeed, police officers do lie all or most of the time. So-called "good cops" know plenty of bad cops, yet never report their misdeeds. By default, the notorious blue wall of silence makes ALL cops liars. It's tragic, because there are no doubt many officers of good intention and morality who go along with this malfeasance due to what amounts to "professional peer pressure." You can be certain there are officers within the LAPD who know whether these officers lied and planted evidence, yet they will never admit it (unitl of course it is their own asses on the line, at which point they will surely 'fess up in order to lighten their punishment). Homerun is also right on the money: the extraordinary resources given to accused officers, paid for by taxpayer dollars, are not available to the common citizen. The police are a special class of protected citizen.

Am I the only person who wants cops to lie, stage evidence, help a suspect down a flight of stairs the hard way, do whatever they have to do to keep criminals off the streets. Sure. Maybe they'll sometimes go too far. But so what? Enthusiasm is as American as apple pie. Mmm. Pie.

I like how the officers claim the tape is edited to distort the finding of drugs. They claimed to find it right away but the tape shows searching for 20 minutes? So the suspect created a loop of the searching footage to stretch it out to 20 minutes? Sounds like they lied then and they lie now. When you stink you stink.
While they deserve their day in court to present the defense attorney's claim that one of them found the drugs immediately, it seems odd then that they could not show that at the arrestees trial where the judge found him "factually innocent". That's a strong ruling way beyond letting him go because of tainted evidence. Kudos to Astonished for telling it like it is.

So Guillermo Alarcon goes free because he tossed out the drugs 20 minutes earlier than the cops said he did?

the more mexicans we put in jail the better for our country,when he gets out deport him to any mexican country.

Quite a few malcontents posting on here. To those of you that hold such disdain for law enforcement, don't call the police ever again, call the aclu to chase drug dealers and murder suspects, or when you get your tail kicked in, again, or when your wives and daughters get raped and beaten. All these bed-wetters want to wax intalectual and call foul about "innocent untill proven guilty", untill it doesn't suit their twisted and callow reality. Most of these diaper wearing goofs probably think Roman Polanski is a victim too. All of you folks that hate the lapd, go put on your tin-foil hats and get back in your basement.

I believe them!

And I have a tooth under my pillow, too!

Does anyone know the age of Guillermo Alarcon? I need it for a Law paper. It would help much to prove my theory. Thank you!

The point is memo is out! those stupid hollywood cops werent and will never drop the king!hahha by the way memo wasn't born in mexico you bumb a.. people


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