|By Steve Schmadeke, Chicago Tribune|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
But in a "Perry Mason" moment rarely seen inside an actual courtroom, the inquiry took a surprising turn when the suspect's lawyer played a police video that contradicted the sworn testimony of the five officers -- three from
"Obviously, this is very outrageous conduct," a transcript of the
All five are veteran officers.
Legal experts in
"Police officers are just like anybody -- just because they're wearing a badge and carrying a gun does not give them more credibility," said Cook County Public Defender Abishi Cunningham Jr., a former
"I've heard some police officers say in a social setting, 'If (the defendant's) going to lie to beat the case, why can't I lie too?'" Cunningham said.
"Obviously perjury isn't something that is condoned by the FOP or anybody in the
County prosecutors said judges occasionally don't believe an officer's version of events, but it's rare for a cop to be called out for lying on the stand.
"Sometimes the officers were just lazy," Orfield said last week in an interview. "Sometimes they stretched things to get the bad guy."
Criminal defense attorney
"In most people's minds, the ends justify the means," Goldman said. "So because they get the bad guy off the street or the drugs out of their hands, everybody's happy."