Five police officers are accused of lying under oath during testimony about a drug case and the man arrested in the case has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.
In what has been called a “Perry Mason” moment, a videotape played in court contradicted what three Chicago and two Glenview police officers had just said on the stand. The judge was outraged and called it a conspiracy.
23-year-old Joe Sperling’s arrest in Glenview was recorded last june. Police said they stopped him because he didn’t use his turn signal properly. Sperling had been under surveillance by Chicago narcotics officers who asked Glenview for assistance. All five police officers told the court the same story: that they followed proper procedure in arresting Sperling and confiscating a pound of pot from his car.
But the video showed otherwise. It showed procedures weren’t followed and Sperling was arrested
Without the videotape, Sperling was likely headed to jail after several drug arrests and a 2010 drug conviction. But charges were dismissed.
The five officers were stripped of their police powers and placed on desk duty pending internal investigations. They could also face perjury charges and possibly lose their jobs.