Los Angeles officers Richard Amio, Evan Samuel and Manuel Ortiz have been recently prosecuted for perjury and conspiracy after a videotape revealed images that contradicted their testimonies. While testifying for a drug-possession case, the officers claimed that defendant Guillermo Alarcon threw a box that broke open revealing cocaine. The surveillance tape, however, showed the box was opened by the officers after Alarcon was detained. Consequently, the charges against Alarcon were dismissed.
Such cases are taken very seriously as they effect the integrity of other officers’ testimony. Chief William J. Bratton therefore, has said that they are dealing with the situation carefully and emphasized that this was an isolated case. The attorneys for the officers stated that they would fight these charges, claiming that the videotape had been edited and had not started until after Alarcon was arrested.
It will be interesting to see what the investigation will reveal and how the LAPD will handle the allegations. Call Wallin & Klarich today to see how this or any other criminal matter could potentially impact you, your loved one, or your friends! The skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich havebeen in the business of helping people with their criminal matters in their time of need for over 30 years and we would like to help you with yours! Call us at 1-888-280-6839 or visit us online at www.wklaw.com.