Do Police Lie?
When I grew up in Brooklyn N.Y., my parents told me that police officers were our friends and to cooperate with them. That notion was reinforced when the public elementary school invited the police to speak at school assemblies. Back then, in the “sixties”, the police actually were our friends.
Over the past several decades, the police have developed adversarial behaviors toward ordinary citizens. For example, in misdemeanor cases such as assault or driving while under the influence, officers, in many cases (not all), have misrepresented the facts, have frequently made inconsistent statements, and have poorly documented their actions. Not all officers misrepresent and some are better trained to document what occurred. However, there is a natural tendency for officers to embellish the facts to the detriment of the defendant.
Such practices have led me to adopt a different view of the police. Here are examples of police actions that, when documented, will cause the State to be unable to successfully prosecute its case. An individual who was facing multiple charges of driving under the influence hired us to represent him in district court. I personally investigated the case. After meeting with my client, obtaining the police report and the voice recording of the officer’s audio statement of why he was stopping my client, and viewing the scene myself, I was shocked at how poor and below standard the police officer’s statements were. The officer stated in his report that the roadway was flat. The officer alleged that my client had to hold onto his vehicle because he was so unsteady. The real reason, however, that my client needed to hold onto his vehicle was solely that my client was on a hill of better than 45 degrees. This was at 2:00 a.m. in the morning. At the first hearing at the Office of Administrative Hearings wherein the Motor Vehicle Administration was seeking to suspend my client’s driving privilege, we introduced the photographs I had taken of the hilly roadway. The Administrative Judge threw out the case because the photographs evidenced facts and inferences opposite from what the officer alleged.
Many officers prepare their reports at the end of their shifts, sometimes a day later, and often when having arrested many persons, the officers using word processing don’t notice the differences between what happened in a previous case and what actually happened in the current case. Lawyers are trained to obtain, through a number of ways, what actually happened. The gathering of information from your client, discovery tools, going to the scene, taking photographs, and obtaining the voice recording of the officer’s statements for stopping the person are crucial to our investigation and often are the foundation of a successful outcome in the case.
When charged with a crime, many inconsistencies occur and the ferreting out of information by our office may produce the beneficial result both you and I are seeking.
My view of the police has certainly changed since my early years. What can a citizen like yourself do to combat the negative behavior of police? You can challenge the charges by employing us as your attorney. With proper representation, the results can often be beneficial to you.
If you are charged with a crime, CONTACT OUR OFFICE in Howard County, Maryland–located in Columbia, Maryland. We also represent clients in surrounding counties to Howard. Your initial consultation is FREE. Call Fred today at 410 730 4404.