TO PROTECT & SERVE DECEIVE: Cop Caught Lying Under Oath On The Witness Stand About Pot Bust

Shepard_Fairey_Police_Brutality.jpgINQUIRER: It looked like an open-and-shut case. A cop pulls over a car, walks up to the driver’s door, and sees a plastic baggy of marijuana. He brings in a drug-sniffing dog to prove probable cause for a search, gets a warrant, and finds a kilo of weed in the trunk. That’s what Officer Steven Lupo put in his report and testified to in Philadelphia Municipal Court. Then defense attorney Michael Diamondstein produced the video. Turned out reality was different. The video taken from nearby surveillance cameras contradicted key facts in Lupo’s report and sworn testimony. Most crucially, Lupo and an unidentified supervisor are seen rummaging through the trunk hours before a warrant was issued. On the witness stand just moments before the video was played, Lupo emphatically denied that had occurred. After Lupo’s testimony was compared against the video, Judge Lydia Y. Kirkland tossed out the case. MORE

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