Oakland Wants to Fire Officers Who Lied to Obtained Warrants

Speaking of police officers who find it easier to lie than to conduct honest investigations:

Oakland intends to fire 11 police officers for allegedly lying to obtain search warrants in drug cases, officials said Thursday. ... At least 12 [suspects] have already had their cases dismissed because warrants that police used to obtain evidence were obtained on the basis of lies by officers, according to attorneys involved in the cases.

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    If you can't fire officers for lying under oath... (none / 0) (#1)
    by daryl herbert on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 11:05:03 PM EST
    I'll bet the union intervenes on their behalf.

    I want job security like that.

    Then I guess we should unionize... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 08:59:03 AM EST
    you and me both.

    I don't fault them their union, it is their right...I just hope the union isn't sucessful in this instance.  I consider lying to obtain search warrants a fairly heinous crime...much more heinous than crimes that bring about fairly long prison sentences...certainly infinitely more heinous than the crimes they were out to invade homes and arrest people over.


    Fire them... (none / 0) (#2)
    by diogenes on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 11:17:45 PM EST
    Of course, how many crooks does Oakland prosecute for lying under oath?

    Most crooks (none / 0) (#3)
    by daryl herbert on Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 12:05:22 AM EST
    avoid speaking under oath.

    not so (none / 0) (#4)
    by diogenes on Sat Jan 17, 2009 at 12:19:26 AM EST
    Many crooks file false affidavits.  Many crooks testify on the stand in their behalf; if a jury finds them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, then doesn't that mean that at least some of them are guilty of perjury beyond a reasonable doubt?  Many people give fake alibis; in the recent Georgia death penalty case, a bunch of witnesses either lied at the original trial or lied when they recanted.