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Ft. Lauderdale Cop Arrested

Postby Anonymous » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:45 am

FORT LAUDERDALE—
A Broward jury found a [url=/topic/us/florida/broward-county/fort-lauderdale-PLGEO100100403070000.topic]Fort Lauderdale[/url] police officer guilty Thursday of falsifying a report about a 2010 felony traffic arrest, then lying about what happened during a deposition at the Broward Public Defender's Office.
In a fast-moving trial that featured opening statements at 10 a.m. Thursday and closing arguments completed just six hours later, Jefferson Alvarez, 29, admitted filing a report claiming that he conducted a traffic stop on Sept. 13, 2010 that led to the arrest of Fort Lauderdale resident James Kennedy Thompson, then 30.
The jury came back with its verdict at 8:15 p.m. The maximum possible sentence for perjury and falsifying records, combined, is six years. Broward Circuit Judge Paul Backman scheduled sentencing for Nov. 19. Alvarez was allowed to remain free on bond until then.
In reality, Alvarez was one of two backup officers who arrived at the scene well after another officer, Larry Reyes, first saw and investigated Thompson.
Alvarez, who was on a kind of probation during the incident, was given the opportunity to arrest Thompson to beef up his own statistics. Alvarez said he mistakenly believed he was supposed to place himself in Reyes' shoes when describing the events that led to the arrest.
Five months later, when Thompson's defense lawyer questioned Alvarez, he said he had forgotten the incident and relied on his report and standard procedure to refresh his memory.
The defense lawyer checked police records and realized that Alvarez was the last officer at the scene, not the first.
Jurors listened to a 40-minute recording of the deposition during the trial and again while they were deliberating. During it, Alvarez answered questions about pulling over Thompson's car, though he said on the stand that he was relying on what must have happened according to his report, not on his actual memory.
Thompson, whose charges were dismissed, did not testify at Alvarez's trial.
Prosecutor David Schulson reminded jurors that perjury and falsifying police records are crimes, and Alvarez knew the report was false when he was writing it. There is no exception, Schulson said, for rookie officers making mistakes.
Alvarez wrote a similarly false report 11 days after Thompson's arrest, but that time, his supervisor corrected him and fixed the report. It didn't occur to him then to fix the report he'd filed in the Thompson arrest, Alvarez admitted.
"Did you have anything to gain by filing a false police report?" asked Alvarez's lawyer, Michael Dutko.
"No, I did not," said Alvarez.
Dutko implored jurors to recognize that Alvarez had no criminal intent and that he thought he was following proper procedure when he wrote his report.
"This is a good man from a good family who made an honest mistake," Dutko said. "Let's move on."
Schulson countered that Alvarez's "honest mistake" was criminal in nature and legally should be treated as such.
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FORT LAUDERDALE—
A Broward jury found a [url=/topic/us/florida/broward-county/fort-lauderdale-PLGEO100100403070000.topic]Fort Lauderdale[/url] police officer guilty Thursday of falsifying a report about a 2010 felony traffic arrest, then lying about what happened during a deposition at the Broward Public Defender's Office.
In a fast-moving trial that featured opening statements at 10 a.m. Thursday and closing arguments completed just six hours later, Jefferson Alvarez, 29, admitted filing a report claiming that he conducted a traffic stop on Sept. 13, 2010 that led to the arrest of Fort Lauderdale resident James Kennedy Thompson, then 30.
The jury came back with its verdict at 8:15 p.m. The maximum possible sentence for perjury and falsifying records, combined, is six years. Broward Circuit Judge Paul Backman scheduled sentencing for Nov. 19. Alvarez was allowed to remain free on bond until then.
In reality, Alvarez was one of two backup officers who arrived at the scene well after another officer, Larry Reyes, first saw and investigated Thompson.
Alvarez, who was on a kind of probation during the incident, was given the opportunity to arrest Thompson to beef up his own statistics. Alvarez said he mistakenly believed he was supposed to place himself in Reyes' shoes when describing the events that led to the arrest.
Five months later, when Thompson's defense lawyer questioned Alvarez, he said he had forgotten the incident and relied on his report and standard procedure to refresh his memory.
The defense lawyer checked police records and realized that Alvarez was the last officer at the scene, not the first.
Jurors listened to a 40-minute recording of the deposition during the trial and again while they were deliberating. During it, Alvarez answered questions about pulling over Thompson's car, though he said on the stand that he was relying on what must have happened according to his report, not on his actual memory.
Thompson, whose charges were dismissed, did not testify at Alvarez's trial.
Prosecutor David Schulson reminded jurors that perjury and falsifying police records are crimes, and Alvarez knew the report was false when he was writing it. There is no exception, Schulson said, for rookie officers making mistakes.
Alvarez wrote a similarly false report 11 days after Thompson's arrest, but that time, his supervisor corrected him and fixed the report. It didn't occur to him then to fix the report he'd filed in the Thompson arrest, Alvarez admitted.
"Did you have anything to gain by filing a false police report?" asked Alvarez's lawyer, Michael Dutko.
"No, I did not," said Alvarez.
Dutko implored jurors to recognize that Alvarez had no criminal intent and that he thought he was following proper procedure when he wrote his report.
"This is a good man from a good family who made an honest mistake," Dutko said. "Let's move on."
Schulson countered that Alvarez's "honest mistake" was criminal in nature and legally should be treated as such.
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Cops can't lie and state prosecutors need to know how to arrest other then good cops
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Anonymous

Ft. Lauderdale Cop Arrested

Postby Anonymous » Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:02 pm

Honest mistake...bullshit. This is a common practice amongst all departments...you truly cannot put any number on the true honest cops.
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John Q

Re: Ft. Lauderdale Cop Arrested

Postby John Q » Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:58 pm

Who was the lawyer, who pushed this through intake?
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