Gone are the days where the courts could just accept a Police Officer's word (over a defendant) based on the fact that he/she is a Police Officer.
This is now the case because Police have shown in countless examples that they have no problem with lying and perjuring themselves in court to try and put away people they know they arrested via illegal means.
Whether it's "Resisting Arrest", or like in this latest case, lying and saying that evidence was found in "plain view", Police show over and over that they have no fears about lying under oath and giving false testimony.
Here's the story from the Toronto Star:
Man ‘justified’ in waving board at cop, judge rules
...The judge also threw out drug charges against Alexander, who was found with 27.2 grams of crack cocaine in his car, because his Charter rights had been violated by “deliberate flagrant” conduct of the arresting officer, Const. Joseph Gladu.What I want to know is if Officer Gladu has been charged with Perjury. We already know that Police Officers lie all the time in order to cover up their mistakes when arresting someone illegally, so I want to know if they are held accountable - like every other citizen who lies under oath - and can therefore be sentenced to jail time as a result.
Gladu “misled the court” in claiming that the cocaine was in plain view, she said. The search of the car was unreasonable, and Alexander’s detention was arbitrary, the judge said.
Gladu testified that he went to the passenger side of the car and asked the heavily sweating Alexander whether he “had anything that he shouldn’t.” It was at that point that he noticed a baggie of the crack on the passenger side floor, grabbed the accused and placed him under arrest, Gladu said.
Alexander provided a different version. He testified that Gladu conducted a pat-down search, then got in the passenger side of the car with one knee on the seat and looked in the back seat, then checked the glove box, looked under the console and reached up under and behind the dash before finding the baggie of crack.
Nevertheless, Harvison Young found that “Officer Gladu misled the court in claiming that the drugs were in plain view. Regrettably, I must conclude that this was bad faith. This is an extremely serious sort of a breach.”
If anything, the Police should have even stiffer penalties for lying under oath, because they are in a position of power and trust, and therefore since they are always given the benefit of the doubt first, they should also be punished more severely when breaking that trust.
In this case Gladu went out of this way to perjure himself, so he should be punished to the full extent of the law.
I mean, if we can't trust the Police, then why do we give them weapons and send them out there with free reign to harass anyone they don't like (in this case, it was the fact that the defendant was black which initiated the illegal search).
I'm just saying...
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