Officers Richard Amio, Evan Samuel and Manuel Ortiz were accused by the DA's office of lying about evidence that led to the arrest of a drug suspect in Hollywood in 2007. Charges against the suspect were dropped after a surveillance video appeared to show the cops lied. Today they were charged with perjury and conspiracy. The Police Protective League's statement in their support lacks the rhetorical fire the union sometimes tosses when officers are accused:
While we take these charges very seriously, it’s important for the public to remember that the officers are innocent until proven guilty and the facts of this case must be heard before rushing to judgment. Los Angeles police officers perform a tough and dangerous job every day and oftentimes need to make split-second, life-or-death decisions. They deserve the benefit of the doubt and no one should jump to conclusions before all of the evidence is heard.
Nothing about today's charges on the LAPD's official blog.