San Fran Cop Actually Charged With Assault, Perjury

A police officer in San Francisco has had something very rare happen to him: He’s been charged with felonies after a surveillance tape show that he had lied on a police report and had assaulted an injured man in a hospital emergency room. If this shocks you, you haven’t been paying attention.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said San Francisco County Deputy Michael R. Lewelling was charged with four felonies, including perjury and filing a false police report, and misdemeanor battery for the Nov. 3 incident.

Court records show Lewelling, 33, filed a police report alleging that the victim attempted to assault him with a wooden cane at San Francisco General Hospital.

Video evidence reviewed by prosecutors on Friday shows a different story.

Prosecutors said the victim can be seen hunched over in a chair sleeping in the Emergency Room’s waiting area, where he was scheduled to see a doctor later that day. The video shows Lewelling approaching the victim as he is starting to wake up. When the man attempts to walk away, the deputy grabs the back of his collar, pulls him back into the seat and knocks his cane away.

“A few seconds later, he appears to grab the victim’s throat and begins to choke him. The battery continued, and the victim was then placed under arrest,” prosecutors said.

“The victim never raised his cane in a threatening manner,” they added.

I have reported literally dozens, maybe hundreds, of stories just like this over the last 11 years. Now that cell phone cameras are everywhere, we are finding out several things. First, that police misconduct and brutality is far more common than we would otherwise have known without such video. Second, so is lying on police reports.

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  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Surely this is an Onion article!

    .

    “If this shocks you, you haven’t been paying attention.”

    Actually, it does. The being charged part, I mean.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    …and had assaulted an injured man in a hospital emergency room

    That’s not what a bad cop would do. He cared enough to break the guy in the very place that could fix him. If anything, this cop cares too much!

     

    When the man attempts to walk away, the deputy grabs the back of his collar, pulls him back into the seat and knocks his cane away.

    That cane could’ve been loaded! And kudos to the cop for pre-deescalating the situation.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    Now that cell phone cameras are everywhere, we are finding out several things.

    One other finding is how perfect God is at hiding his existence and the miracles he’s performed from people with recording devices. His majestic power remains at a level beyond human comprehension; probably ’cause he’s so holy and we’re just a bunch of depraved sinners.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    His majestic power remains at a level beyond human comprehension any form of detection; probably ’cause he’s so holy and we’re cell phones are just a bunch of depraved sinners.

    FTFY

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Michael Heath “One other finding is how perfect God is at hiding his existence and the miracles he’s performed from people with recording devices. His majestic power remains at a level beyond human comprehension; probably ’cause he’s so holy and we’re just a bunch of depraved sinners.”

    God will not be tested! Cops will, but the state will fail to get an indictment.

  • Nick Gotts

    That surveillance tape is obviously lying. What’s more, it’s responsible for those two police officers being murdered in New York.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Many years ago in Adelaide, Australia (when people could be arrested for public drunkenness) the local coppers would turn up at a boarding house next to my place, drag the guys out onto the footpath (they were nearly all alcoholics) and then book them for being drunk in a public place. Even worse, they didn’t just get booked, they had to spend the rest of the night in a jail cell – and if was a Friday they had to stay in jail until Monday morning.

    I used to walk to work in a bakery starting at 2am and I was often intercepted by police who wanted to know what I was doing out at that time of night (not much traffic at that time in those days). They knew who I was and what I was doing (from previous interviews) but they stopped me every time they saw me – and if I got impatient with them they would continue the interview until after 2am so that I would be late for work.

  • Mobius

    I AM shocked. Shocked, I say.

    Not shocked because a cop did something like this, but shocked because a DA is charging him for it.

  • magistramarla

    I’m not shocked that it’s San Francisco. California, especially the bay area, seems to be saner than the rest of the country.

  • carbonfox

    Well, see, the sleeping man wasn’t responding to the officer’s orders, at which point the officer felt threatened for his life.

    Nick @6: Win.

  • Donnie

    Question: Does this qualify as a “Festivus Miracle” or a “Christmas Miracle”? I just want to know which day to thank.

  • blf

    Does this qualify as a “Festivus Miracle” or a “Christmas Miracle”? I just want to know which day to thank.

    The DA will be arrested for “inferring with policegoon business” and/or “conspiracy” (at least, also watch for planted “evidence” or “shot in self-defense”); The grand jury will decline to indict the goon; and The DA, the victim, and any members of the grand jury who didn’t understand the memo or otherwise failed to vote against indicting the goon will be found guilty of whatever charges the goons and (new) DA present, and their parole applications will always be denied. I call it St Terror the Usual.