Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Elsie Law's Daily Dose Of The Law

A NYPD officer reportedly told a lie that cost an innocent cab driver 9 months of his life, and the city $1.5 million.

In 2002, an undercover cop falsely accused a cab driver of selling him 100 ecstasy pills. The results of the accusation was that the cab driver was jailed for 9 months, for a crime he didn't commit.

Attorneys were recently able to prove the taxi driver's innocence in a lawsuit that was filed against the city. The driver was awarded $1.5 million by the court system when evidence revealed that not only didn't he fit the description of the presumed drug seller; but that the police officer who declared he was the culprit wasn't even on duty the day he claimed he was brought drugs from the innocent cab driver. [SIDEBAR: It took more than 7 years, and an undeserved jail sentence for this innocent man to clear his name.]

According to The New York Daily News, the officer involved in this incident was never disciplined for his actions. The officer remains on full duty.

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