Last week, prosecutors charged two Los Angeles police officers with perjury and filing a false report after it was discovered they had allegedly lied about an arrest.
According to the complaint, on September 4, 2010, Craig Allen and Phillip Walters, both motorcycle officers, were dispatched to assist another officer who had stopped a driver suspected of driving under the influence. The two officers allegedly left the scene 15 minutes later.
In a written report, however, Allen stated that he had seen the driver run two stop signs himself. Months later, Walters testified at a hearing that he had been with Allen at the time of the traffic stop and had also witnessed the driver run the stop signs.
So far, it is unclear why it took so long for charges to be filed or how the statements were discovered. If convicted, each officer faces a maximum of four years and eight months in prison.
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Source: Los Angeles Times, “2 LAPD officers lied about making DUI arrest, prosecutor says,” Joel Rubin.