The Importance of Reporting Police Abuse/Police Lying on Reports
Officer's Statements Often Differ from Your Recollection of What HappenedWhen you and the officer differ on what happened during an interview or interaction you need to report the officer's lies. A criminal defendant can access an officer's administrative record through a Pitchess motion. The lies or examples of abuse in an officer's file can be used to impeach the officer's testimony at trial or hearing.
Criminal Defendants in California Can Bring a Pitchess MotionA Pitchess motion allows a criminal defendant to access an officer who lies, abuses his authority or uses excessive force administrative record.
This record can be used to impeach the officer at a trial or hearing on a motion to suppress.
If People Report Their Negative Experiences with Officers It Helps Other PeopleThe criminal defendant will get access in a Pitchess motion, but it only helps if the bad officer has an administrative record that reflects his abuse or lying.