We recently discussed the incredible decision by the Dallas Police Chief that officers will no longer be allowed to give their accounts of shootings for the first 48 hours after officers were found to have lied in past cases. They will now be allowed to get their accounts straight before going on the record. Two Brooklyn officers are probably wishing that such a rule might apply to non-lethal controversies. Officers Christopher Oliver and Shazad Shigri are accused of sideswiping a parked SUV owned by Robert Jackson, 31, and then charging him with the accident — after looking around for any security cameras that would contradict them. They missed one.
Jackson is now suing the officers. Jackson says that he was sitting in his legally parked car outside of his apartment when the officers came down the wrong way on a street and slammed into the side of his car. He says that he got out of the vehicle and smiled at the officers and asked “How’d you run into me?” He says that the officer immediately replied, “Dude, you ran into me.” They charged him with damaging the police cruiser.
Before arresting him, the two officers reportedly checked the block for surveillance cameras before arresting Jackson for destruction of city property, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. However, he was only charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle because he had a suspended license. This was based on their claim that Jackson has the keys in the ignition when the crash occurred.
As we have seen in past abusive arrests, the charges were later dropped but not after Jackson spent the night in jail and had to appear repeatedly in court over the course of six months.
Despite the videotape, there is no record of the officers being disciplined or fired. Being terminated would seem just the starting point if these charges are proven. The question is why the officers have not been charged themselves with making false statements to hide their accident and imprison an innocent man.
Source: NY Post