Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Cops arrest a guy, claiming he spit on them and say that they didn’t do anything wrong to him at all. Video surfaces that shows the exact opposite. Guy is acquitted. Prosecutors defend cops, who will face no consequences at all for their lies.
A man charged with spitting on a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was acquitted of battery this week after his defense attorney produced video footage that jurors said contradicted testimony by deputies.
Several jurors said after the trial that deputies gave conflicting accounts of the October 2010 arrest of Steven Sartori and that the video did not show one of the deputies wiping away spit as she testified she had.
The video, they said, also showed the deputies using more force than they acknowledged on the stand.
“When we saw the video, it was completely inconsistent with what the deputies said,” said Sarah Valdez of Torrance, who works as a restaurant server. “I’m not going to say they should lose their jobs, but something should be done.”
If any of this surprises you, you haven’t been paying attention.