Sacramento Agrees to pay $220,000 because of Cop’s False Testimony
The City of Sacramento has agreed to settle a lawsuit for $220,000 after learning that an officer, who was named as a defendant, gave a false testimony in the case. Arlie Halcomb sued the city in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento because he claimed that officers had roughed him up after going to his apartment to search for another person, which occurred in 2014. Halcomb also stated that he had been detained against his will for over an hour by the officers. Kelly Rivas, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s spokeswoman, stated:
We think it’s an appropriate settlement given the circumstances of the case.
The officer in question is Officer Paul Fong and in his deposition he had said that Holcomb was detained for over an hour because the officers found that he had an outstanding, but non-extraditable, felony warrant in Florida. However, the police records for the date of the incident at Halcomb’s apartment showed that the Florida warrants check actually came back negative.
It is never right for a sworn officer to lie, especially in a deposition, but luckily this case is finally resolved.
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