The usual crap

The news is out: [A police detective who fabricated a fake assault and lied under oath in order to imprison an innocent man has been spared jail time.
Former NYPD officer Michael Bergmann, 34, filed a criminal complaint claiming that a burglary suspect – whose car he had reportedly been pulling over for months in order to find grounds for his arrest – had tried to run him over in such a manner that the offending vehicle left skid marks on the ground.
“The defendant locked eyes with me, turned the car into reverse, floored the vehicle into reverse approximately seven feet,” Bergmann told the grand jury in a trial over the alleged attack.
“As I’m still yelling, the defendant put it in drive, turned the vehicle towards me to the point where I was in between his headlights, and if I didn’t jump out of the way, I would have been under his vehicle.”
Bergmann also claimed he sustained injuries to his elbow while diving out of the way. But surveillance footage unearthed by the defendant’s lawyers showed none of those stated claims to be true.
The charges were dropped and, in November, Bergmann pleaded guilty to perjury, making a false statement and official misconduct. Prosecutors asked for Bergmann to receive jail time of one year.
The district attorney’s office expected Judge Danny Chun to sentence him to six months in prison, according the New York Daily News.
But on Wednesday, Mr Chun ruled that jail time was unnecessary, sentencing Bergmann to one day in prison, which he had already served. He will spend four years on probation.]

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