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April 21, 2014

This video contradicts the testimony
of five Chicago-area police officers
Five Chicago area police officers are accused of lying under oath.

The contention is that they conspired to turn off the dash cam on the police cruiser, then concocted a story.

Someone forgot to turn off the squad car's camera, however.

What the five cops said in court was contradicted by what was on the video.

A transcript of the judge's reaction sums it up:

“All officers lied on the stand today. ... All their testimony was a lie. So there's strong evidence it was conspiracy to lie in this case, for everyone to come up with the same lie. ... Many, many, many, many times they all lied."

But it's not just the five cops who are named in the federal lawsuit. Also named are the cities of Chicago and nearby Glenview. It's a broad “policy and practice” by Chicago police “to pursue wrongful convictions in drug cases through untruthful testimony.”

Sperling and his lawyer
At issue is Joseph Sperling. He was pulled over by traffic cops for failure to use a turn signal.

Sperling says he is innocent. He did use his turn signal.

What's more, Sperling admits that he had a little marijuana in his back pack, but it was hidden under a seat, not lying out in the open as police contend.

The police and prosecutors were surprised when the defense produced a video showing Sperling immediately cuffed before his vehicle was searched. The police had testified that Sperling was cuffed after his car was searched and the marijuana found.

Sperling faced a year in jail. Now the cities of Chicago and Glenview are facing a lawsuit and a loss of credibility.

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