A Clermont police officer was fired this week after an internal investigation revealed that he falsely arrested a teenager on a drug charge and lied on the arrest report.
From reading the article it appears that the main reason this individual was fired may not be because of his actions in this particular case. Instead it is because of political wrangling between him and the chief. Never the less, the evidence of this officers unlawful actions stand on their own.
Given the gravity of the charges and potential damage to the defendant and the fact these were sworn statements it is disturbing that there would be any tolerance for perjury. If he wasn’t sure exactly where they came from he should have reviewed his evidence instead of making it up. Then he continued to believe his own lie after other officers pointed out the inconsistency.
The actions of that officer are most definitely worthy of jail time. The other officers that were aware of the inconsistency contributed to the wrongful arrest. They had a duty to protect the wrongfully accused from their fellow officer who was intent on continuing his wrongful arrest.
State Sponsored Criminal Count: #167 – Officer Cecil Garrett is most guilty These officers did not shield the wrongfully accused after discovering the mistake. #168 – Mark Edwards #169 – Marc Thompson #170 – Dennis Hall
Because lying on the police report and ignoring physical evidence that is less fallible than a human is perfectly fine when you’re a cop. You’re a cop and thus you are an infallible god right?