Henry K. Lee
Friday, January 16, 2009
Oakland intends to fire 11 police officers for allegedly lying to obtain search warrants in drug cases, officials said Thursday.
The two sergeants and nine officers face dismissal in a scandal that has thrown into jeopardy the prosecutions of dozens of suspects. At least 12 have already had their cases dismissed because warrants that police used to obtain evidence were obtained on the basis of lies by officers, according to attorneys involved in the cases.
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The officers told judges that substances seized from drug suspects had been identified by the Oakland police crime lab as narcotics when, in fact, they had not, authorities said. Those false statements were used to persuade judges to issue warrants that police relied on to gather more evidence.
Some officers also lied to internal affairs investigators looking into the allegations, City Attorney John Russo said.
The officers “knew or should have known that information in their affidavits regarding the testing of drugs was false,” Russo said.
This article was posted: Friday, January 16, 2009 at 1:16 pm