Ronald Hampton, a retired police officer in Washington DC recalls how police lie to protect each other.
A call went out for five or six people shooting craps in this alley. I wasn’t the primary car, but arrived on the scene second or third. When we got there, the guys threw dice and money and ran. A white officer chased them. When he caught up with one guy, he grabbed him. The guy didn’t resist arrest, but the officer said, “You don’t make the police run,” and started beating on him. He was taken to the police station. As I’d witnessed it, I went too.
At the station, they took the guy to a back room to process him. All this time, the officer was taunting him, calling him names. He was handcuffed to the desk, as is policy. They charged him and gave him a $25 fine. At no point in the documentation was there mention anywhere about the cop taunting him. The guy paid the fine, but as he was leaving, he got fed up and punched the officer in the face. Hard. All the cops then jumped him, cuffed him and charged him with assault on a police officer.
The key to all this is what’s in the report — and the same goes for Eric Garner’s report. They wrote in the report, “D1 (Defendant) struck the C1 (Complainant) without any reason or provocation.” Now, is that what happened? No. The man was provoked. He was constantly being taunted.
Because we were all in the station and the man hit the cop in the face, our policy states that we have to write a statement. Five of us were involved. Four wrote their statements. I wasn’t asked to write one. I did, though, and my statement was different [from] the other four. They lied about the taunting. So now the case is in the system. My statement ended up with the prosecutor. He called me up, and asked me to come down to his office. I went and he pointed out that my statement was different from everyone else’s. I told him what happened, and he said they would have to drop the case because they couldn’t have police officers disagreeing with each other in court.