View Full Version : Charges dropped in case involving alleged Hollywood police crash cover-up

07-29-2009, 04:49 PM
A woman had faced a DUI charge, but prosecutors dropped the case because they said there were potential problems with the police version of events. Public Defender Howard Finkelstein is demanding answers from Hollywood police after a video surfaced that showed officers talking about doctoring a report dealing with the traffic accident. "Not only did these officers make a conscious decision to shift the blame to this young woman, but they made a concerted effort to write a narrative to fit 'their facts,' " Finkelstein wrote in a letter to Police Chief Chadwick Wagner on Tuesday.

The video-taped exchange occurred after Officer Joel Francisco rear-ended a car in February. It was recorded by a dashboard camera in one of the patrol cars, but the officers apparently forgot they were being recorded.

"I don't want to make things up ever, because it's wrong, but if I need to bend it a little bit to protect a cop, I'm gonna," an officer can be heard saying. "We'll do a little Walt Disney to protect the cop because it wouldn't have mattered because she is drunk anyway."

See Video: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/videobeta/watch/?watch=a90382e4-2077-45f3-8913-a568fdfb3170&cat=7a4d0629-234d-4cbb-8e0f-eefae344fb0a&src=front&title=WARNING:%20Audio%20in%20video%20contains%20explicit%20language.%20Video%20camera%20inside%20the%20police%20cruiser%20captures%20audio%20of%20Hollywood%20police%20officers%20talking%20about%20the %20crash.


07-29-2009, 05:05 PM
Oops. That would be that cop's job if I was the chief.

07-29-2009, 05:26 PM
Duh! Camera what Camera.....serves em right!