When a San Diego police officer recently gave testimony that was at odds with video footage from his body-worn camera, a defense lawyer cried foul.
The City Attorney’s Office, which discovered the video, quickly acted to ask the court to vacate a homeless man’s conviction and dismiss the ticket that charged him with living in his vehicle at a public park.
But defense attorney Coleen Cusack wants more. She wants that officer charged with perjury and put on a list.
The “Brady index” lists regional police officers and expert witnesses whose credibility is shot. The City Attorney and District Attorney put them on the list because they have been caught lying on the stand in prior cases or a host of other bad behavior such as filing false reports, showing bias or leniency, or having a history of drug or alcohol abuse.